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Isabelle Inthisone: Lao America’s Figure Skating Phenom

Isabelle Inthisone. Remember that name. Isabelle was born on 05/29/2004 and has qualified to compete at the 2018 U.S. National Figure Skating Championship in San Jose, CA. Her road to Nationals include winning the Silver medal at the Upper Great Lakes Regional Championship and the Pewter medal at the Midwestern Sectionals. She’s currently just 13 years old! While she’s still a young figure skater competing at the Intermediate level (3 levels before the Senior level)—her accomplishment is no less remarkable, because she is Lao America’s first ever figure skater to compete at this level…and perhaps, at all! Before we get to her interview below, here’s some background on this incredible athlete and her road to the 2018 US Figure Skating Championships. Just the top 12 skaters in each competitive level from across the nation can compete in this elite competition, happening from December 29-January 7 in San Jose, CA at the SAP Center. While only the senior levels are shown on primetime TV, you can catch every performance on Ice Network or, you can always subscribe to …

Staff Holiday Recommended Reads

As you can imagine, for a staff devoted to writing, reading, and amplifying Lao voices–this list was hard to pare down. We hope you enjoy our attempt at enticing you to pick up some of the books that have left a deep impact on us. Come back and let us know if you chose any of these stories–and the impressions it left on you! — Chanida Phaengdara Potter Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong Inside out– I felt it. As a fellow Southeast Asian refugee, I resonate deeply with the poetry of Ocean Vuong. From the aunties to the nail shop to the pain of colonists. It’s searing, powerful, nostalgic and so goddamn heartbreaking. Hope Dies Last by Studs Terkel Most think hope is too abstract, but it’s the only thing that’s saved us during difficult times. As one of my favorite legendary storytellers, we could learn a thing or two from the people Studs Terkel had the honor of listening to in this collection. Changing Lives in Laos: Society, Politics, and Culture in …