All posts tagged: Joanne Thomasen

Lao-Diaspora-of-the-Week: Joanne Thomasen

As part of our #BeLaod campaign, LLOTP is introducing you to the creatives and organizers of the Lao American Writers Summit 2016. Meet Joanne Thomasen, a Lao Lue American. Joanne is part of the local team in San Diego, coordinating the upcoming Lao American Writers Summit, this May 27-28, 2016. Who are you? My name is Joanne Layotte Thomasen (Americanized from Thammasiene) and I’m a first generation American born and raised in the Southeast San Diego neighborhood, where the majority of the city’s Lao/Lue community lived. My desire is to pay homage to my roots through my professional work. I work for a non-profit called the California Health Collaborative. My program is called the ‘Every Woman Counts’ program. We assist low-income women with accessible and free local breast and cervical screenings, and educate women about the importance of early detection and regular screenings in order to reduce cancer rates and cancer mortality rates. Describe in detail your favorite Lao dish. Fresh khao soi noodles! To me, nothing can beat the flavor and the nostalgia. My grandmother used to wake up at …