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2019 Lao New Year festivities across America

Photo by Snap Pilots Sok di pi mai! One of the best times of the year is upon us. From gathering with friends and family to receiving blessings at the wat, let’s ring in the new year with good spirits. Below is a collection of Lao New Year events and festivities we could find — with some hopefully near you. It is by no means a complete list so if we missed any, please share! Arizona April 13-14 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) Wat Lao Thammaram 9501 N. 16th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021 Arkansas April 27-29 Wat Lao Santitham 4625 Armour St., Fort Smith, AR 72904 May 3-5 Wat Lao Buddharam 3317 N 23rd St., Fort Smith, AR 72904 California April 6 (6 p.m. – 1 a.m.) LNY celebration at La Sierra Community Center 5325 Engle Rd., Carmichael, CA 95608 April 6 (7 p.m.-midnight) –  April 7 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) California Center for the Arts, Escondido 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025 April 13 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) Downtown Merced April 13 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) …

Cultivating an L.A. Hmong Community

There is a common understanding that when a Hmong person journeys into the diaspora, they will find Hmong community if they seek it, and the community will welcome them with hospitality as if they were immediate family. I found this hospitality every time I left the comfort of my family’s home in Fresno, California, to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. This past weekend, I drove down to Los Angeles to meet its Hmong community. Like many large cities outside of the large Hmong enclaves, such as the central valley in California and the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Los Angeles’ Hmong community is a young and vibrant one. I grew up in Fresno where we are some 30,000 Hmong strong. I do not know how many live in the City of Angels but the Hmong have an early history in southern California. The earliest Hmong migration to California was in Santa Ana, then to the rest of the central and northern regions. During my trip, I took part in …