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Ambassador to Laos, The Honorable Rena Bitter visits the PacNW and Discusses Building Bridges

Former President, Barack Obama’s presidency was full of historical firsts. Everyone knows about the larger scale accomplishments, but only a small country like Laos, and its people around the world, would even care enough to know about the smaller stuff. I’m talking, of course, about the historical visits to Laos from Secretary Hillary Clinton to said President himself, a couple of years ago. While the homeland can only view it positively – the Lao diaspora ran the gamut of emotions. Not unexpected, considering it’s been a little over 40 years since the diaspora began. While some of us have made it back home for a visit, the disappearance of Sombath Somphone raises the dormant alarms we never quite forgot. It’s as if we were lulled into a semi-safe space by a lethargic dance-off only to have the Bogeyman reappear after we washed our makeup off. Regardless, with 40 years of time passing, the doors to some kind of positive relationship appear to at least be open. I couldn’t say if that is an insanely long …

Staff Favorites: April – What are you most looking forward to, this year?

In honor of Lao New Year’s (how many other civilizations/countries figured out that a calendar of some type would be a huge asset?) and all the cleaning we do to start the new year fresh…we asked our staff: What are you most looking forward to, this year? I swear I saw something about meeting a Kardashian but hey–gone with the new year, huh? =)  –Sai Sisavatdy ~~ Donna Luangmany: I count myself lucky; life with my large family is abundantly full of love and joy (and a lot of chaos, but that just keeps things interesting!). As the new year dawns, I’m most looking forward to spending time with family – those related by blood and adopted in by love. I’m also excited for all the growth that’s on the horizon. My children are developing into amazing little people and it’s a pleasure to witness. I hope to grow too; creatively, professionally, and as a parent and role model for them. I am a careful and meticulous planner. But I’ve learned over the years that …