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Lao Chess on the Rise!

When it comes to chess in Southeast Asia, most people think of that highly problematic Murray Head song, “One Night in Bangkok” from the 80s musical Chess, and chess queens might not excite you the way it would others. Last month, the Laos Chess Federation made a strong showing to change that perception, hosting the 1st Laos International Open from January 3rd to 7th in Vientiane. Chess is an Asian strategy game over 1,500 years old, depicting the conflict between two rival armies, with each piece capable of unique moves to capture the other’s pieces. The goal is to place your opponent’s king into a situation where it is impossible for him to move safely, known as checkmate, from an Arabic term, shah mat, meaning “the King is dead” or “the King is helpless.” Today, it’s a game popular around the world, including Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and the US. Well-known players of the 20th century include Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer. Although chess is widely believed to have begun in India, India’s first modern Grandmaster, Viswanathan …

Superbowl LII Recipe: The Super Laocy

After an amazing and hard-fought season; the Minnesota Vikings valiantly upheld their tradition of pulling defeat from the jaws of victory, and now their stadium is going to the Superbowl this weekend! Already, the city is filled with out-of-towners ready to root for the Eagles or the Patriots and to see all of the fabulous sights Minneapolis has to offer. Of course, the biggest question on everyone’s mind, besides, who’s going to clean up all of this mess once it’s done and over, is: “What’s your favorite commercial going to be?” The second biggest question is: What are you going to serve at your Superbowl party? Our mad scientists at the Little Laos on the Prairie test kitchens have you covered with an homage to that quintessential Philadelphia delicacy, the cheesesteak, and Minnesota’s own notorious Jucy Lucy, or, as we’re naturally going to call it, the Jucy Laocy. We know this one’s going to be a savory hit, being reasonably easy to prepare, as well as customizable to your family’s own Lao American tastes. Heck, …