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Happy Hallaoween: Lao Pumpkin Spice Edition

Happy HalLAOween! The first snow has hit and so in between getting dressed up as your favorite scary phi and other costumes for Halloween, it sounds like as good a time as any to share the latest delight (or horror) from the Little Laos on the Prairie kitchen! This year, we’re demonstrating that orange things don’t have to be scary! Pumpkin spice for your lattes and chai is all of the rage as it makes its way back for the season, but we know Lao can do it way better! (Without adding real pumpkin to it, like some people demanded a few years back. #PeopleUnclearOnTheConcept) Fortunately, this one is super easy to make in as little as 5 minutes.You’ll need ground cinnamon, ginger, lemongrass, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. You can experiment to taste, but we found approximately that the ratio should be approximately: 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons ground ginger 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 1.5 teaspoons ground all spice 1.5 teaspoons ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground lemongrass The lemongrass will be particularly overpowering if …

Artivism and Expression: An interview with Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay

It’s been a busy year for artist and activist Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, who will be celebrating her birthday this December.  Since January, it’s been almost non-stop schedule for her as she and other members of the Lao Minnesotan community take note of numerous key anniversaries for the community such as the 40th anniversary of the Lao Diaspora, the 20th anniversary of the SatJaDham Lao Literary Project, and the fifth anniversary of the first National Lao American Writers Summit and the United Nations Convention on Cluster Munitions. She’s traveled across the country from California to Philadelphia this year assisting various non-profit organizations and colleges to discuss the continuing legacy of the Vietnam War and the efforts of Lao Americans to rebuild and redefine themselves as a global culture. Over the years, her writing has appeared in Poetry City USA Vol. 4, The Saint Paul Almanac,  Lessons For Our Time, Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, Asian American Press, the Hmong Women Write Now! Anthology, and The Asian American Literary Review among many others. She was …