Since the first annual Lao American Writers Summit gathering took place in Minneapolis back in August 2010, like-minded Lao Americans Danny Khotsombath and Chanida Phaengdara Potter decided to write away about their experiences as Lao Americans raised in the Mild Mild Midwest. We also roped in our guest BLAOgger and award-winning Lao American writer, Bryan Thao Worra.
With the ingenious name creation, Little Laos on the Prairie was born on October 24, 2011, with the goals of telling our stories, sharing our history and our love and fascination of pop culture, community, and news that connect the diaspora communities in the Midwest back to the Mekong memories of Southeast Asia.
It’s in our mantra to blog every day on anything and everything from Lao food to the latest news!
Lao parents play a significant role in students’ academic success, even if they feel they don’t have a lot to contribute because they didn’t attend U.S. schools, speak fluent English, or fully understand American higher education systems. -Dr. Krissyvan Khamvongsa Truong
This morning, it was very cold. The temperature was at about 22 degree F. Five Lao veterans attended the Veterans Day at the Vietnam Memorial in front of the State Capitol. I was among the attendees. I had a chance to talk about the war in Laos by expressing my thanks and I urged my fellow Brothers in Arms to do whatever they can so we will be treated as U.S. veterans. -Khao Insixiengmay
By the time you’re reading this, you probably made it to work (finally!) and are now stuck at your cube or you’re hibernating near a source of high heat bracing for Winter Storm Astro. From Monday through Tuesday, Mother Nature is expected to dump up to 10 inches of snow in the northern states of Montana and Dakotas through our beloved Minnesota.MORE »
“My style pretty much sums up my childhood experience with art and in the streets. I’m influenced by graffiti and hip hop and it’s institutionalized through expressionism.” -Chantala Kommanivanh
Minnesota has led the way on many issues, one of the most recent being the designation of October as Veterans’ Voices Month to honor those who served in the military.MORE »
I remembered Lao School like it was yesterday. Getting frustrated at how my stiff little fingers never bent gracefully during ‘fawning’. Crushing packages of Mama instant noodles for lunch and eating it like chips with my friends during class. Passing time with Lao ‘then yang’ (jump rope game) and always feeling too short to jump high enough. Lao heritage was part of my life growing up. I wanted to fit in being American so badly that I forgot how much I missed paying attention to my elders as a child.MORE »
Unexploded ordnance (UXO) are explosive weapons that did not explode when they were dropped and still pose a risk of detonation, many decades after they were used or discarded. About one third of Laos remains contaminated with UXO left behind from a Secret War bombing campaign during the Vietnam War era, including about 80 million cluster munitions. The majority of victims are children, who mistaken them for toy balls.
This week, Little Laos on the Prairie had a chance to talk with Lao American entrepreneur and community builder Alex Hanesakda from across the border in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With roots in Champasak, he is the 32-year old founder of Mama’s Egg Rolls. He is also dedicating his time to his family and his non-profit work assisting at risk youth.MORE »
The kicks! The slides! The hair! And those uniforms! I know that’s what you’re watching for. As the World Cup began last week, Laos is again sitting back and watching the big guys with the big money kick around the big balls.MORE »