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Dear Guru: How do Lao last names work?

Hello there,  I am currently staying in Laos and got interested in Lao names. It would be interesting to me to get to know more about how and if Lao people change their names after getting married. Also if there are any dynasties of families with famous names, as some other South East Asian countries seem to have those.  Hope you can help me out here 🙂 Thanks and cheers! -Curious Reader in Laos — Dear Curious Reader in Laos, Up until the late French colonial era, Lao people did not typically have surnames. French enforcement was weak and then the country fell into turbulent times, so even today in some remote areas people still do not have surnames. Unfortunately, also due to these factors, there is a great deal of duplication of surnames even when two families are not related at all, unlike in neighboring Thailand where surnames are not allowed to be duplicated when there is no relation. When a rural family wants access to social services, such as enrolling a child in school, …

I’m donating my birthday to Little Laos on the Prairie

Dear Readers,   On May 28th, I’ll be another year older (hopefully wiser) and my pastime hobby of blogging on Little Laos on the Prairie is now officially under The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora), which turns the big 3 as a legally-recognized organization. Little Laos on the Prairie is 7 years old this year already. Much has happened, shifted and progressed in that short amount of time, especially in our social-political landscape, but our work is just getting started as demands from the diaspora for better and more streamlined access to meaningful culture, community, and connections continue.   This birthday, I’m asking for your gift to jumpstart our efforts by donating to The SEAD Project for Little Laos on the Prairie.   At The SEAD Project, we’re imagining community development differently. A diaspora movement owned and led by us, for us. We’re building a more accessible bridge to spaces powered by what we already know and have: our cultural assets. We do this through streamlined language sessions, pop-up workshops, and engaging service-learning opportunities within our …