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!
It’s Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) this April 14-16th on the Buddhist calendar and the BeerLao is flowing, water attacks are happening, and your parents are nagging you to finally Spring clean the house. Whether you’re in the states or in Laos, here are ten basic ways to make sure your pi mai is fun-filled in ultimate Lao-style.MORE »
As we approach Year of the Horse this month, that means getting ready for new journeys. But it also means we can take time to take a look back at some of the favorite stories we’ve been passing on to each other for the last six hundred and sixty years.MORE »
March 29th marked the last of the Hmong and Lao Veterans Commemorative Memorial fundraising campaign.MORE »
Lao culture is filled with many legends about the rain. The guardian Nak found at most Lao American temples were believed to frolic in the celestial waters to bring rain to earth, and sculptures of the Buddha that are unique to Lao culture are the ones in the “Calling the Rain” position.MORE »
One of my big inspirations is Aung San Suu Kyi, who is an amazing woman and a voice for democracy.
In 2010 Lao Americans Ova Saopeng, Leilani Chan and Lidet Viravong brought their play Refugee Nation to Intermedia Arts for a three-week run in October. Nearly all of the shows were sold out and brought audiences to their feet as the trio captured the journey and the struggle of Lao Americans searching for their roots and identity.MORE »
This April, we’ll be saying goodbye to 2556, the Year of the Snake and “Sabaidee” to 2557, the Year of the Horse, which is considered the seventh animal on the traditional Asian zodiac. So, just for fun, what can we expect ahead?MORE »
When night falls in Vientiane city, it turns into pop-ups galore. Many Lao families work to feed the hungry crowds of tourists grazing along the Mekong after shopping their hearts out at the night market.MORE »
“I have family, friends, and my culture here. I’m figuring out how to be…’Lao’.” -Anonymous (Origin: Toulouse, France)MORE »