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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, 

Submitted Story: Bouakham is dead

Bouakham is dead. She was born on 10th October 1960 and died on 29th February 2016:  55 years old.  She died less than one month after this photograph was taken. Look at the photo. You may be able to see that her right arm is wasted.  You cannot see that her right hand is locked in a fixed position.  That happened due to some set of circumstances that I have never been able to fathom, in the early-mid-1980s, whilst she was attending the National Rehabilitation Centre in Vientiane.  When this photo was taken she was already in later stages of kidney failure and her limbs were swollen due to fluid retention.  So her right arm, does not look as it normally did. You can see that she used crutches (only one in view).  That was because she did not have legs.  Well, her legs, below the knee, were amputated and she had prostheses. Of the four limbs with which she was born, only one remained in full and proper functioning. When she was 8 years …