Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month in the Lao Community

Sabaidee, everyone and I hope you’ve been enjoying the National Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This is one of my favorite times of the year as we remember all of those who came before us and as we share our history at events across Minnesota. We are the third largest Lao community in the United States and there is much we have been able to do because of support from all of you. We thank you for being our friends, our neighbors, our family. Let’s continue to make this a great state to live, learn, work and succeed in!For the Lao community I am very proud of all of our communty members who came out on Mother’s Day weekend to be a part of the Race for the Cure to raise awareness of breast cancer in our community. Continue Reading

Creating voices for our community


The American president John Quincy Adams once said “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” I think about quotes like these a lot when I work to involve the Lao community in civic engagement in Minnesota. I believe it is very important to lead by example, but it is also important not to get discouraged. I was very happy to see so many come to our civic engagement workshop at the Harrison Neighborhood Center on October 18th. We had almost a hundred people take time out of their busy schedule to hear what we are doing, but more importantly to tell us what their dreams are for their families and our community together. Continue Reading

Sabaidee Pi Mai and our Lao community

Sabaidee Pi Mai! Happy Lao New Year!

I want to personally invite everyone to come join us for the traditional Lao New Year this month on Saturday, April 13th at the Crystal Community Center in Crystal, Minnesota from 9 AM to Midnight. From 2-6 we will have the Nangsankanh and traditional dance and talent show, with live music and entertainment from 7 until midnight. The tickets are $15 but free for youth under 18.  Continue Reading