All posts tagged: Catzie Vilayphonh

Lao America’s 2017 Year in Review

What a year?! Perhaps propelled and fueled by covfefe, it really felt like the personal and the public occupied some blurred lines in 2017. This year showed us what happens when you throw enough water particles into a vat of hot oil the size of a planet. Is anyone left innocent and unshaken? To those that can make that claim…share that medication before it’s re-allocated to the rich! Take a look below and let us know what we might have missed! January After the US Presidential Election slammed to a close, one of our staffers at Little Laos on the Prairie felt it prudent to address the shocking results…and its massive implications. Not surprisingly, we weren’t the only ones shocked with the results. The Laotian Times also addressed the elections. On January 24, “A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA” by Joshua Kurlantzick made its way to print. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia W. Patrick Murphy visited the Lao PDR on Jan 16 and 17. He outlined several …

Lao-Diaspora-of-the-Week: Catzie Vilayphonh

LLOTP continues our brief feature series, introducing you to the creatives and organizers of the Lao American Writers Summit 2016. Meet Catzie Vilayphonh, a Lao American spoken word poet and creator of Laos in the House. She’ll be running a social media workshop at the Lao American Writers Summit, this May 27-28, 2016. Who is Catzie? Catzie Vilayphonh is an award-winning writer, performance artist and spoken word poet. She currently runs Laos In The House, a project that promotes story-telling in the Lao community through mediums of art, partially inspired by her own experience of discovering her own history through seeing other Lao artists’ work. Describe in detail your favorite Lao dish. Mieng made from dried, fried sticky rice that’s reconstituted with a savory broth. It’s mushy, and I wish I could find a better way to describe the texture (my friend Manila called it “Lao oatmeal” when he first tried it) but it’s deliciousness comes from all the toppings you can put on it when you make your lettuce wrap. Although the idea is to be …