All posts tagged: Bryan Thao Worra

Refuge of the InvisibLao Exhibit at Brookdale Library

Up for seconds: Refuge of the InvisibLao at Brookdale Public Library – April 3-May 31

April is here. 40 years of Lao Diaspora journeys fill the limited pages and portraits in snippets of fragmented memories. Shoutout to our fellow Southeast Asians holding down their own commemoration events across the nation. My hands are raw from fresh paper cuts scrambling to share collected stories of my people. Full conversations with passerbys. “Oh, I grew up during the Vietnam War” “Did you know about Laos too?” “Um. Where?” I’m exhausted. Let the exhibit speak. Sneak peek: If you missed the first run of “Refuge of the InvisibLao” exhibit, catch the ‘limited’ version of the exhibit.  Share your thoughts and reflections. Opening reception with stories and refreshments Friday, April 3rd from 2:00-5:00pm. Exhibit runs through May 31st, 2015 at Brookdale Public Library located on 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430. See you there. -Chanida Phaengdara Potter, editor@littlelaos.org

Bryan Thao Worra, Photo by Boon Vong

#TBT: Reflections on community, voice, and Little Laos on the Prairie

Today’s Throwback Thursday post is for a couple of reasons. Reflections on 40 years of Lao Diaspora, #AngryAsianGate, and the importance of diverse voices in the blogosphere. For our 2nd birthday back in 2013, Bryan Thao Worra wrote about LLOTP and why it exists on his personal blog, Lao’d and Clear on Twin Cities Daily Planet, a citizen journalist-based online publication– and a big champion of our work here at LLOTP. Some notable points… Our stories really do matter. “That the contributors who’ve written for Little Laos on the Prairie over the years took a chance on all of these different issues. To express one’s self? To share an opinion in the world freely, to risk changing that world with a handful of words? Those are some of the greatest gifts of democracy, and one I believe we’re obliged to use, or else we will lose it. Lao who know their history know this better than almost anyone else.” Diversity in the blogosphere is necessary. “There’s really no instruction manual for how a society that once lived as a monarchy transitions into …