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Lao-Diaspora-of-the-Week: Catzie Vilayphonh

LLOTP continues¬†our brief feature series, introducing you to the creatives and organizers of the Lao American Writers Summit 2016. Meet Catzie Vilayphonh, a Lao American spoken word poet and creator of Laos in the House. She’ll be running a social media workshop at the¬†Lao American Writers Summit, this May 27-28, 2016. Who is Catzie? Catzie Vilayphonh is an award-winning writer, performance artist and spoken word poet. She currently runs Laos In The House, a project that promotes story-telling in the Lao community through mediums of art, partially inspired by her own experience of discovering her own history through seeing other Lao artists’ work. Describe in detail your favorite Lao dish. Mieng made from dried, fried sticky rice that’s reconstituted with a savory broth. It’s mushy, and I wish I could find a better way to describe the texture (my friend Manila called it “Lao oatmeal” when he first tried it) but it’s deliciousness comes from all the toppings you can put on it when you make your lettuce wrap. Although the idea is to be …