All posts filed under: Laos

Vientiane: Like You Bor Hu!

Greetings, readers! I’m Jason, a Texan based in Laos for over a decade, working in various aspects of tourism. In a sense, I’m the reverse from most of you; perhaps an American-Lao? In any case, I have been here long enough to have fallen long out of that “honeymoon” phase that foreigners on short-term contracts to Laos often have. They’re the ones responsible for the generic superficial articles you typically see on Laos, enchanted by lines of monks at almsgiving, savory food, marvelous waterfalls, and the slow pace of life. Those things are all great, but there’s much more to Laos than that. I like to look at unusual places; the neglected history, what makes the country tick, and where it may go from here. I make no claims to be an expert on anything, but am simply curious to learn more and show you what I’ve found. I’ll aim to present the things I find, to the best of my understanding, though others may likely know more or find my thoughts completely off track. …

BAM! Superheroes in Laos: An Interview with the Director of Moon City

Growing up in Laos, a superhero or superheroes to look up to are virtually nonexistent. We have to make do with foreign heroes imported into compact cds set on racks in mom and pop shops. Until now, Lao kids never had a superhero that we could call our own. Enter Hans Kaufmann, director and producer of Moon City: Rise of the Ninja Attack. Seeing this void (and how powerful an impact the heroes he grew up with made on his own childhood) he sets out to give Lao children the heroes they deserve. So tell me a little bit about yourself, your background and what led you to making this movie in Laos? Let’s see, I was born in Boston, but grew up in Detroit. Went to Michigan State. Moved to San Francisco. Got my start in the production world doing sound and lights at Rave Parties. Worked for a bunch of AV and rental houses hanging lights and plugging stuff, moving boxes, loading trucks and stuff like that. I got bored with living in …