All posts filed under: Lao Diaspora

TUNE IN: Chanida Phaengdara Potter on MPR News with Tom Weber and Doualy Xaykaothao

Listen in: Friday, September 29th from 11:00AM-12:00PM, Little Laos’ founding editor Chanida Phaengdara Potter makes her third appearance on Minnesota Public Radio News with Doualy Xaykaothao and Tom Weber. Details below: The Legacy of Vietnam War Doualy Xaykaothao and Tom Weber look back at the lasting legacy of the Vietnam War, and the impact it had on neighboring countries of Cambodia and Laos. They talk to Lisa Blackstone, documentary filmmaker and producer of TPT original  ‘Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: America’s Secret War’ about how the CIA organized a secret war in neighboring Laos to prevent the threat of communism from spreading deeper into Southeast Asia. They are joined by three guests : Chanida Phaengdara Potter editor of Little Laos on the Prairie,  Kosol Sek chair  of the International Khmer Assembly and MK Nguyen program manager at the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood and fellow at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation: they’ll talk about the effects of the secret war on generations of Laotian Americans, Cambodian Americans and Vietnamese Americans. www.mprnews.org 

Zombies and Lao Stories: Interview with Z Nation Actress Sydney Viengluang

It’s been a big year for Lao American actress Sydney Viengluang, who has been on the rise, from short films to a recurring role on the popular SyFy zombie horror show Z Nation, where, to many viewers surprise, she made it all of the way to the end. Currently based in Los Angeles, her roots took her from Vientiane, Laos to life in the refugee camps of Thailand and the Phillipines and a Midwestern childhood in Wichita, Kansas. She starred as the daughter Phon in the short film The Letter, about a Lao American family, which took home three awards at the Different Faces Different Voices Film Festival including Best Drama in 2016. Little Laos on the Prairie had a chance to catch up with her recently before the upcoming premiere of season 4 of Z Nation. Congratulations on surviving the 3rd season of Z Nation! Were you surprised? Thanks! Yes and no. I knew my story arc was going towards the direction of being a part of the core hero group called Operation Bitemark …