Wednesday 18th January 2017,

Posts by Tag: Laotian»

Southeast Asian American

Bring Me the News: Secret Lifted on Hmong and Laotian American Soldiers

posted by Randall

CIA Secret War in Laos

CIA’s Secret War in Laos

A monument will be dedicated today in front of the Minnesota State Capitol honoring the men who fought in the CIA’s secret war in Laos, reports Bring Me the News.
Laos was officially a neutral country, but from the 1960s until the mid 70’s the CIA recruited about 30,000 … Read more

Filipino American

ABS-CBN: First Bay Area Pageant to accept transgender applicant

posted by Elizabeth Kim
Brandon Sooksamapan

Brandon Sooksamapan

The Miss Hercules pageant near Oakland, California accepted the first transgender contender for this year’s competition, sending an unprecedented message of openness, reports ABS-CBN News.

15-year-old Brandon Sooksampan, who is of Laotian descent, hopes her participation will bring awareness of the trans community. She also looks up to Caitlyn Jenner and Geena … Read more

Asian Americans

Ten New Fact Sheets Released about Asian Americans

posted by Randall

AAPI DataCenter for American ProgressThe Center for American Progress has released ten new fact sheets about the Asian American community.

The sheets were published in cooperation with Karthick Ramakrishnan of AAPI Data.

The fact sheets include data about educational attainment, income and poverty, civic participation, language diversity, immigration and nativity, labor-force participation, and access to health insurance.

The Cambodian Read more

Asian Americans

All Students Count: Changing the AAPI Narrative

posted by Randall

Gold ChhimBy Gold Chhim
Director of Community Partnerships
Teach for America–Los Angeles

Many in the education community are talking about the need for disaggregated student data – meaning that instead of simply bubbling in Hispanic or African American on school documents, students will have the option to identify as their unique subgroup – be that Mexican … Read more

Community Issues

Stanly News: Laotian Family Plants A Little Bit of Homeland Field

posted by Randall

rice fieldIt’s the last place you’d expect to see a rice field.

But there it is, right off the freeway in Stanly County, North Carolina, reports Stanly News

To the casual observer it looks nothing more than a field of grass (file photo).

But it really is a rice field, one of just two or three … Read more

Community Issues

SF Chronicle: Urban Garden an Oasis for Laotians in SF Bay Area

posted by Randall


gardenA plot of land in the urban community of Richmond East of San Francisco is an urban oasis for a Lao couple in their 70’s, Saeng and Kert Dohngdara. The two tend to their small plot growing traditional South East Asian crops for their extended family and others in the local Lao community.

Those … Read more


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