All posts tagged: Southeast Asian

On Creating “Brand New” Art Spaces for Lao Americans

I am elated Little Laos’ers. Why? Because even after a week, people are still talking about the Brand New: Ohio 2017 Artist Showcase that was this past Saturday (November 4th). What is Brand New: Ohio? It’s a project that I and some fellow artists and community-builders here in Columbus developed to give Southeast Asian American and Pacific Islander American artists a creative platform – and we decided to make that platform a gallery art show. Why Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander Americans? And why an art show? Well, society often ignores SEA/PI Americans in the realms of entertainment, social initiatives, and popular consciousness because we lack access to most Pan-Asian American platforms. Asian Americans are already overlooked, so it’s a double burden for SEA/PI who typically have lower populations and higher rates of socio-economic challenges compared to other Asian American groups. The US also does a horrible job at teaching global geography and world history to kids, so that helps people ignore our histories and cultures. Because of the long list of barriers, we knew we …

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 …