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Spoken Words: Hopes and History Passed Forward

One of my most favorite childhood memories were the nights I got to sleep with my “Gux Taaix” (great grandmother). I would curl up in her full-sized bed, tuck my little body in right next to her, pull the covers up above my ears, and ask if she was ready to “gorngv gouv” or story tell. She almost always said yes. What I remember most in those moments, was how these stories; more like fairy tales, made me feel. My highly active child imagination craved the comfort and familiarity of her voice but even further, I admired her ability to captivate me with nothing but her spoken words. As I grew older, I began to realize that this remarkable talent she had was not just specific to her, but something that was a result of years of tradition, something that is also inherent within me. Iu Mien and Khmu people have always carried our stories with us. In some ways, it’s hard not to feel that these stories are only small pieces informing a much …

Staff Favorites: March – What Inspires You Most About Women?

In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked our staff to define what makes women…so amazing? We figured this would receive a more diverse answer than something akin to, “what woman inspires you most” (most likely answer being mama). You know us…always trying to be the pinnacle of progressivism! Don’t be shy–add in your own stories and reasons in our comments section, below!  –Saysomphorn Sisavatdy, ssisavatdy@gmail.com ~~ Donna Luangmany: History is full of amazing women: Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Joan of Arc, Frida Kahlo. They’re among many who have changed the world with their actions and accomplishments; but I want to celebrate every day women, and their resilience. In our society, we’re expected to take so many roles: mother, spouse, daughter, student, employee. The list is endless and it means something different to everybody. But what we all have in common is that we’re expected to hold it down at home, work, and/or school and act as though it’s easy. It isn’t always, but still, we push through and make it work. We give it …