All posts tagged: community

I’m donating my birthday to Little Laos on the Prairie

Dear Readers,   On May 28th, I’ll be another year older (hopefully wiser) and my pastime hobby of blogging on Little Laos on the Prairie is now officially under The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora), which turns the big 3 as a legally-recognized organization. Little Laos on the Prairie is 7 years old this year already. Much has happened, shifted and progressed in that short amount of time, especially in our social-political landscape, but our work is just getting started as demands from the diaspora for better and more streamlined access to meaningful culture, community, and connections continue.   This birthday, I’m asking for your gift to jumpstart our efforts by donating to The SEAD Project for Little Laos on the Prairie.   At The SEAD Project, we’re imagining community development differently. A diaspora movement owned and led by us, for us. We’re building a more accessible bridge to spaces powered by what we already know and have: our cultural assets. We do this through streamlined language sessions, pop-up workshops, and engaging service-learning opportunities within our …

A Community for Us, by Us: Reflections on Lao Writers Summit 2016

What a weekend. This year’s Lao American Writers Summit (LAWS) was momentous in so many ways. Taking place in San Diego, California from May 27-28, 2016, it was the first time the Summit was held outside of Minnesota, the first Summit to take place in consecutive years, and the largest gathering by far. People came in from all over the U.S. to learn and connect. Although the event was held over a weekend, the Summit officially kicked off festivities on May 12 with the opening of the official LAWS gallery titled “Intersectionalities,” curated by Catzie Vilayphonh and Sayon Syprasoeuth, featuring artwork from various Lao American artists from across the nation. The gallery and the Summit took place in the beautiful Centro Cultural de La Raza, which was the perfect venue for sharing art, making connections, and telling stories. If I were to break down some key observations from this year’s Summit, they would be: There is an ongoing need and desire for a space where Lao Americans can connect and express themselves. I attended the …