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Happy Thanksgiving from Little Laos on the Prairie

It’s the season for good cheer, spending time with loved ones and on this particular day — giving thanks. Here are some things we at Little Laos are thankful for. “I’m thankful for the LLOTP writing team (and) I’m thankful for the diaspora and the great lengths we (go to) build community in any part of the world.” – Chanida Phaengdara Potter, editor-in-chief “I’m thankful for friends and family, no matter how far apart we are.” – Jason Rolan, editor “I’m thankful for how time helps communities learn, heal and progress, even beyond our own borders.” – Sai Sisavatdy, managing editor “I’m thankful so many of you get your articles in on time.” – Bryan Thao Worra, co-editor, about the LLOTP writing team “Besides my health, job, friends and family, I’m thankful to have found a place where I can be myself and embrace my culture.” – Savannah Rattanavong, co-editor What are you grateful for?

SEAD to release book of Southeast Asian-authored narratives

The Southeast Asian Diaspora (SEAD) Project is celebrating Minnesota’s first-ever Southeast Asian-authored anthology Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center in St. Paul.  “Planting SEADs: Southeast Asian Diaspora Stories” will feature stories, poetry and artwork from Hmong, Khmer, Lao and Vietnamese Minnesotans, whose narratives reflect the entirety of the refugee experience. Trauma is often intertwined with our shared backgrounds as Southeast Asians, and the experiences that come along with that can be scattered, disjointed or simply not talked about. Through this collection of 20 stories, art and poetry, we can begin to connect the histories that link our diaspora cultures together. “More than 100,000 Hmong, Khmer, Lao, and Viet diaspora call Minnesota home,” Chanida Phaendara Potter, executive director of SEAD, said. “Storytelling is necessary to make sense of who we are as a people and the living and breathing memories we share as Southeast Asians. We hope fellow Minnesotans find hope, understanding and see their neighbors in these beautiful stories.” The book launch and signing will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday …