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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. 

Being Laotian Chinese American at the 4th Lao American Writers Summit

As I start writing this, it has been a few weeks since the 4th Lao American Writers Summit has ended. Although I still feel sad that the summit is over, I still feel a strong emotional high from it. Before I begin, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Tommy Shee. I am three-quarters Chinese and one-quarter Laotian, born and raised in Missouri. In order to write a full reflection about LAWS, I wanted to cover all aspects of it, or at least the aspects I found relevant enough to include, such as, but not limited to: before the conference, the conference itself, and thoughts and advice on the summit overall. Starting off, how did I hear about this summit? I heard of this summit from previous attendees when I was looking for ways to meet more Lao people as well as learn more about what it means to be Laotian Chinese American. Unfortunately, the previous attendees I talked to could not make it this year due to work-related reasons. As a result, …