Bullies and building communities

It’s October, so this is a good month to talk about the things and people that have scared us or tried to scare us over the years. Some of those fears were justified, and many were not. For those of us with roots in Laos and other parts of Southeast Asia who escaped the wars, this is an interesting question. Continue Reading

Building Lao voices by speaking up

On my last vacation I took a day to see my representatives at the state capitol. It sounded boring to my nieces, who hoped I would go to someplace like Disneyland, but I explained that it was an important part of being American, especially because our family comes from Laos. We can never take our rights for granted, and it is important to exercise our rights, especially the right to speak for ourselves. Continue Reading