All posts tagged: Lao community

Miss Minnesota's Fundraiser

On Saturday, November 3, 2012 a gathering of elders, volunteers, friends, and family from the Lao community came out to support and help raise funds for Nitaya Panemalaythong, Miss Minnesota USA for 2012. Held in a small banquet hall in Shakopee, MN, Nitaya had a great showing of supporters and a long list of sponsors. Along with the suggested $20 entry donation, guests were invited to enjoy a round of appetizers, drinks, and lumvong. Guests were also able to take pictures with Miss Minnesota USA at a picture booth set up inside the banquet hall. Nitaya explained that she had entered the pageant to earn money to go to school. She planned to study finance, but had to put her studies on hold to make public appearances that led to her participation in Las Vegas this past year in June 2012. As part of her ongoing support and representation of the Lao community here in the United States she was asked to go to Laos in December they the US Embassy in Laos. She mentioned …

Why Little Laos is Voting ‘No’ this ‘No’vember 6th

There was a time when I was young, naive and just plain oblivious. Oblivious to my community and what ‘community’ itself meant to me. Time went on into college. Then constant discrimination, racism and sexism bore its ugly face in my encounters with random strangers, my classrooms and my workplace. As a daily interpreter for my parents, nothing hits home harder than when banks, healthcare providers, and insurance companies take advantage of their good faith in them.  It drew the line for me. My mind was bombarded. Why are my parents plagued with such obstacles? Why are we stuck in this stagnant stage of oppression? It wasn’t just me and my parents’ experiences. It’s a similar story of many immigrant families. Enough was enough. I threw myself in community work. I had a renewed understanding that I couldn’t continue being silent. Because silence is what killed my parents’ sense of livelihood in the ‘American Dream’ and silence is what led me to allow it to happen. We all know about the elusive so-called Minnesota (passive …