All posts tagged: Diaspora

Dear Guru: What’s the meaning behind these Cuban propaganda art posters that were sent to Laos back in the day?

This week’s burning question comes in via several emails and comments received when we posted our winner of “Best Public Art Display” on Facebook. It featured artwork from Cuba…sent to Laos during the Vietnam War era. What’s the meaning behind these Cuban propaganda art posters that were sent to Laos back in the day? In the aftermath of World War II, the old world order upended and empires fragmented, giving birth to a new era of nationalism and self-determination among the former colonies. Two opposing ideological blocs arose, the First World capitalist NATO countries and the Second World communist Eastern Bloc, competing for global dominance during this Cold War era. Many of the newly independent Third World states (many former colonies of NATO countries) formed their own neutral Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), which sought to maintain good relations with both sides (at least on the surface). Overlapping the broader membership of the Non-Aligned Movement, were other factions working to sway members’ support on various issues, such as the African Union, the Arab League, the Afro-Asian People’s …

Celebrating the Hol-LAO-days!

Happy holidays, Laosters! The snow is falling and my kids are counting down the days until winter break. It’s getting mighty festive around here! This time of year is always a big deal for my husband and I. We both come from years of traditions that keep evolving as our kids get older. Coming from a Canadian family, his celebrations are pretty traditional. But we Lao do things a bit differently. So like many multicultural families, we’ve created our own unique celebrations. I asked how Lao North Americans have celebrated the holidays over the years. Here are some of my favorites: Trimming the tree In addition to ribbon, figurines, and ball ornaments, you might find a mini thip khao or two adorning a Lao Christmas tree. Santa, who? The Big Guy always missed Lao houses when we were growing up. No problem, Mae and Pa put the gifts under the tree. With my own kids, Santa brings one small gift, but Mama and Daddy takes care of the rest! Christmas movies and a snack Starting …