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Lao America’s 2016 Year in Review

It’s been a year of historic¬†proportions for Lao America. We witnessed the start of the Obama’s administration renewed pivot to Laos, the continued cultural renaissance of Lao artists across the diaspora community, a surprising and unexpected U.S. presidential outcome, as well as deaths in the community looming in the air. Here’s a brief summary of some¬†accomplishments, happenings and highlights from Lao America below to close out 2016. As 2017 approaches us in a few days, here at LLOTP, we’re committed to continuing the way in building and amplifying more diverse voices in the Lao diaspora. January Laos saw U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (as well as Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications & Speechwriting) return to Laos to jumpstart President Obama’s pivot to Southeast Asia. This is ahead of the ASEAN Summit in California in February. Rumors surrounding Laos got so out of hand that folks at Disney actually had to step in and say that there were no plans for a Lao-edition of Disneyland, despite claims that were getting …