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!
This month, Lao American entrepreneur Thip Soulisak and his colleagues have been running an indiegogo ca
If you grew up with the Lao community in the heart of Minneapolis, the cozy and heavily stocked aisles of New Orient Market was a familiar scene.
In the cozy dim-lit townhome of Mr. Phouxay and Mrs.
It’s been a long journey, but here we are, celebrating 40 years in 2015.
It’s the holiday season and while we know the Lao way of celebrating isn’t just eating holiday hybrid favorites like honey-baked ham with a side of sticky rice and jeow, it’s also about giving. The reflections of the past year, what it means to be in tuned with one’s self, and building community one hopes to see.MORE »
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 »