All posts tagged: United States

Affirmative Action: Forging Our Own Identity

This is the last part on a series about how data effects Education and Affirmative Action. You can catch up with Part One here and Part Two here. Recap: We’ve discussed our need to be seen as a distinct group from the rest of Asian America and we’ve also highlighted some of the obstacles we’re running into, with regards to our push for personhood. As I noted in the last segment (part 2), creating our own Lao American platform, with a good amount of distance from the rest of Asian America, is not about hostility or division: it’s about priorities. As a less-resourced, less-accommodated ethnic group, we have to prioritize ourselves because the big players in Asian America (typically East Asian American groups) don’t seem to have our community’s concerns within sight. Luckily though, work to prioritize Lao Americans has already begun to take root, being championed by our own community members. Know Your Role I mentioned before that Southeast Asian Americans worked to win Asian American educational data disaggregation in Rhode Island. Lao Americans were part …

Cocktails for Pii Mai Khon Khao 2017

It’s almost New Year’s Eve and that means it’s a good time to stock up on a variety of refreshments for your guests. As we get ready for the Year of the Dog, later in April, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll see some funny dog-themed cocktails in the future; but for now, we’re sharing a few that are relatively easy to make. Unless, of course, you’re going with plain, old usuals of Hennessy, Heineken, and BeerLao. Of course, there’s our classic Som Num Na cocktail from 2015. Our next door neighbors in Cambodia marked the 50th anniversary of Jacqueline Kennedy’s visit with their own invention. Back in the day, according to the Guardian, the Hotel Le Royal commemorated the occasion by creating a cocktail in her name: the Femme Fatale. It’s a mix of “crème de fraise des bois, cognac and champagne, topped with a tropical flower.” No proportions were given, so you’ll have to experiment until you find one that works for you. Our advice is 3:1 alcohol to flavor. Hey, it’s how we’ll create …