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MIA Erasure, My Reflection

To much fanfare, the exhibit Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975 opened in Minnesota at the Minneapolis Institute of Art this month and will run until January 5th, 2020. It’s billed as a way to look at “the innovative ways artists talked back, often in the streets and other public venues. The exhibition presents nearly 100 works by 58 of the period’s most visionary, provocative artists.” For Southeast Asians of Vietnamese, Hmong, Laotian, and Cambodian descent, and active military veterans, you can even see the exhibit for free. It’s been a long time since I’ve been given free admission to an art exhibit to witness the complete erasure of my community’s perspective and reactions to the Vietnam War, the Secret War, and the Killing Fields. For Minnesotans, who arguably have one of the most deeply tangled relationships with Southeast Asia than almost any other US state, this ought to be a stirring and profound exhibit: one filled with so many heartbreaking memories and reflections on themes and issues addressed over four decades ago, …

Little Laos Year in Review: The Lao’dest moments of 2018

Another year has come and gone. And a lot has happened. From movies and books that brought our stories to the forefront to a devastating flood that swept through regions of Laos, impacting thousands; we’ve gathered up some our Lao’dest moments of the year that defined the Laotian community. Little Laos’ 2018 Year in Review JANUARY 4 – Rapper EraNetik is featured on rapper 50 Cent’s “Thisis50” website for his music video “Yellow Fellow” 10 – Luang Prabang comes in at No. 52 on the New York Time’s list of places to travel in 2018 17 – Minnesota swears in its first Hmong American judge, St. Paul lawyer Sophia Vuelo. The state’s jurist is right at home on Ramsey County bench. 23 – Chef James Syhabout’s book “Hawkerfare” is released 25 – The National Gallery in Jakarta, Indonesia opened “The Orient and Beyond,” a special exhibition of the works of Genevieve Couteau (1925-2013). It features Couteau’s drawings from Bali and several paintings from her journey to Laos. 31 – Martha Stewart features a version of …