All posts filed under: Horror

Artivism and Expression: An interview with Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay

It’s been a busy year for artist and activist Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, who will be celebrating her birthday this December.  Since January, it’s been almost non-stop schedule for her as she and other members of the Lao Minnesotan community take note of numerous key anniversaries for the community such as the 40th anniversary of the Lao Diaspora, the 20th anniversary of the SatJaDham Lao Literary Project, and the fifth anniversary of the first National Lao American Writers Summit and the United Nations Convention on Cluster Munitions. She’s traveled across the country from California to Philadelphia this year assisting various non-profit organizations and colleges to discuss the continuing legacy of the Vietnam War and the efforts of Lao Americans to rebuild and redefine themselves as a global culture. Over the years, her writing has appeared in Poetry City USA Vol. 4, The Saint Paul Almanac,  Lessons For Our Time, Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, Asian American Press, the Hmong Women Write Now! Anthology, and The Asian American Literary Review among many others. She was …

Hallaoween Style 2015!

Halloween is awesome, but it can be tough figuring out an original costume that really brings the scary. Especially one that involves traditional Lao ghosts and monsters. Little Laos On the Prairie’s resident horror expert, Bryan Thao Worra, is one of the first Lao writers to become a professional member of the international Horror Writer’s Association, so it seemed fitting to ask him for ideas. In years past, he discussed some classic phi for consideration, but here are some other great ideas you can try, esepecially if you’re in a time crunch: Put Lao folks in a room long enough under the right conditions, and pretty soon they’ll start to tell ghost stories or tales of the weird, and the unexplainable. Our community has a particular taste for stories of horror and the macabre that goes well with Halloween celebrations, although few of our ghost stories are written down, traditionally. You’ll have to ask your parents and elders for the REALLY scary ones. In the US, there aren’t a lot of costumes for Lao that incorporate …