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Little Laos Year in Review: The Lao’dest moments of 2018

Another year has come and gone. And a lot has happened. From movies and books that brought our stories to the forefront to a devastating flood that swept through regions of Laos, impacting thousands; we’ve gathered up some our Lao’dest moments of the year that defined the Laotian community. Little Laos’ 2018 Year in Review JANUARY 4 – Rapper EraNetik is featured on rapper 50 Cent’s “Thisis50” website for his music video “Yellow Fellow” 10 – Luang Prabang comes in at No. 52 on the New York Time’s list of places to travel in 2018 17 – Minnesota swears in its first Hmong American judge, St. Paul lawyer Sophia Vuelo. The state’s jurist is right at home on Ramsey County bench. 23 – Chef James Syhabout’s book “Hawkerfare” is released 25 – The National Gallery in Jakarta, Indonesia opened “The Orient and Beyond,” a special exhibition of the works of Genevieve Couteau (1925-2013). It features Couteau’s drawings from Bali and several paintings from her journey to Laos. 31 – Martha Stewart features a version of …

She/They

Written by: Janit Von Saechao In pristine-white Portland, I am seen as progressive for being a person with brown skin yet privy to this piece of my identity. What they don’t know is that when I say, “My name is Janit Saechao and my pronouns are she/they.” I mean She, as in We We, the ones assigned women while given no words for otherwise. We, as in all the non-men who have wondered which is the better way to survive– to silence ourselves for centuries of tradition or to speak our truths and risk our lives. They, as in Us They, as in those who came before me. They, as in all my ancestors who listened to Their own hearts and trusted Their own beings. They are my chain smoking Khmu aunties in Laos who puff tobacco through hand rolled cigarettes, laughing on the sides of dusty Luang Prabang roads at the colonizers with cameras who won’t leave Them alone. They are my single Mien femmes in America making more money than all the men …