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Lao America’s 2017 Year in Review

What a year?! Perhaps propelled and fueled by covfefe, it really felt like the personal and the public occupied some blurred lines in 2017. This year showed us what happens when you throw enough water particles into a vat of hot oil the size of a planet. Is anyone left innocent and unshaken? To those that can make that claim…share that medication before it’s re-allocated to the rich! Take a look below and let us know what we might have missed! January After the US Presidential Election slammed to a close, one of our staffers at Little Laos on the Prairie felt it prudent to address the shocking results…and its massive implications. Not surprisingly, we weren’t the only ones shocked with the results. The Laotian Times also addressed the elections. On January 24, “A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA” by Joshua Kurlantzick made its way to print. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia W. Patrick Murphy visited the Lao PDR on Jan 16 and 17. He outlined several …

Lao American Raingardens?

Lao culture is filled with many legends about the rain. The guardian Nak found at most Lao American temples were believed to frolic in the celestial waters to bring rain to earth, and sculptures of the Buddha that are unique to Lao culture are the ones in the “Calling the Rain” position. Right now, Minnesota is covered in snow, but as we get closer and closer to the New Year, we can be thinking about our environment and our connection to it. Did you know that 50% of city rainwater can get into the sewers, flowing out into our waterways along with toxic pollution that can reach wildlife and other people? This can cause many health and ecological problems, but we can be responsible and minimize our impact relatively easily. One way to do this is through the use of a concept known as a raingarden. Good raingardens can trap up to 99% of the toxic pollutants, according to studies. The Census 2010 estimated over 12,000 Lao live in Minnesota, although the Lao Assistance Center and …