All posts tagged: America

The Last President of the United States

“This is the last president of the UNITED States of America. Yellow signifies a warning about the next four years…an end of democracy. The question now is: who will be our next president of a united states?” -Chantala Kommanivanh The Last President of the United States, 2017 40″x40″ Acrylic, oil, and spray paint on canvas #obamafarewell More on Chantala at:

Post Election Reactions from Lao America

This is part II in a series of opinion pieces on the Lao America response to post-elections 2016. Read part I here.  Wherever one may be on the political spectrum, there’s no hiding that we’re all still processing post-election outcomes and what it will mean for the thousands of diaspora from Laos. Here are some reactions and perspectives from community builders, artists, business owners and others from Lao America. “Earlier this year brought so much optimism, especially with President Obama’s historic visit to Laos. It spotlighted the country and brought attention to the Lao American community and our contributions – from refugees to citizens. The recent election is disheartening in that the America that received the millions of refugees from Southeast Asia – that helped us to rebuild our lives after war – is turning its back on so many of today’s immigrants and refugees. This country’s strength is rooted in its diversity, including the countless contributions of immigrants. But we must also remember that beyond elections – democracy, hope, love, kindness and transformation can …