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Notes From An Imagined Future: CTRL+ALT In New York

“How do you imagine your future?” That was the question over 10,000 people were asked over the weekend of November 11-12 in New York as part of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s pop up museum entitled “Ctrl+Alt: A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures.” Visitors met with over 40 local and visiting artists, including Lao American artists Saymoukda Douangphouxay Vongsay and Bryan Thao Worra as they transformed the old Pearl River Mart in New York’s Soho district into a dynamic space for expression and the exchange of ideas. The artists transformed two floors of the old store into an interactive gallery of diverse views on possible futures. As the curators noted “even those who have long been pushed to the margins are the center of someone’s universe.” Saymoukda Douangphouxay Vongsay presented excerpts from her forthcoming play, Kung Fu Zombies vs. Shaman Warrior. Her play will explore trauma, healing, and mental health through the lens of speculative theater. She gave a surreal reading clad in all white, augmented by an evocative animation created by New York-based artist Matty Huynh. Following …

Invest in our stories on #GTMD16

If you’ve been following the last five years of LLOTP, you know how important owning and sharing our narrative is. That’s why we need your help. Our mother organization, The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora Development Project), is participating in Give to the Max Day, Minnesota’s annual day of giving to Minnesota-based nonprofit organization. The demand for accessible heritage education is overwhelming in our Southeast Asian communities. SEAD is growing and we want to expand in 2017. In addition to Lao, we want to offer Hmong, Khmer and Vietnamese language, history and heritage education to our communities in a streamlined, engaging and meaningful way. This also means expanding quality content coverage for our readership on LLOTP. If you care about the stories of Lao America, make a tax-deductible donation to help us reach our goal for next year by contributing here: Sure your generosity with the official hashtags on social media:#GTMD16 #PlanttheSEAD. Let’s make this happen! -Chanida Phaengdara Potter,