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Keeping Fit, Lao Style: An Interview with Pon Thamthavong

What does it mean to keep in great shape in the Lao community? Little Laos on the Prairie has run into Lao across the country who are part of a growing movement to keep fit and healthy, combining traditional Lao approaches with newer routines. One Lao American we recently met is Pon Thamthavong, who has been demonstrating healthy fitness to the community through NPC Bodybuilding in the Bikini Fitness category. NPC Bodybuilding is connected to the National Physique Committee. Since 1982, the top athletes in bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini and physique have started their careers in the National Physique Committee. Many of those athletes graduated to successful careers in the IFBB Professional League, a list that includes 24 Olympia and 38 Arnold Classic winners. NPC athletes are regularly featured in and on the covers of international publications such as FLEX, Muscular Development, Muscle & Fitness and Muscle & Fitness Hers, Fitness Rx for Women and Ironman. Can you tell us a little about yourself, and how did you develop an interest in health and fitness? My …

On tour: MN metal band debuts “The Color Clear”

Minnesota-based metalcore band, Reflections, officially released their third album, The Color Clear, on September 18, 2015. The four person band features two Lao Americans, guitarist Patrick Somoulay, and bassist Francis Xayana. LLOTP caught up with Francis to find out more about their latest album and life on tour. Tell us a little bit about Reflections. Who’s in it? How did it get started? Reflections has been a band since 2010, but didn’t get active until 2012. It started off as a project between our guitarist, Patrick Somoulay, and our vocalist Jake Wolf. I came into the picture soon after and also our drummer, Nick Lona. I play bass for the band, but I also take care of the business and branding aspects. Our genre is metal. What’s it like to be a Lao American kid in a rock band?  I never once felt like I ever had a disadvantage in being in a band because of being Lao American. I suppose it doesn’t really make me feel special or different than anyone in that sense. But as of …