All posts tagged: Art

Artivism and Expression: An interview with Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay

It’s been a busy year for artist and activist Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, who will be celebrating her birthday this December.  Since January, it’s been almost non-stop schedule for her as she and other members of the Lao Minnesotan community take note of numerous key anniversaries for the community such as the 40th anniversary of the Lao Diaspora, the 20th anniversary of the SatJaDham Lao Literary Project, and the fifth anniversary of the first National Lao American Writers Summit and the United Nations Convention on Cluster Munitions. She’s traveled across the country from California to Philadelphia this year assisting various non-profit organizations and colleges to discuss the continuing legacy of the Vietnam War and the efforts of Lao Americans to rebuild and redefine themselves as a global culture. Over the years, her writing has appeared in Poetry City USA Vol. 4, The Saint Paul Almanac,  Lessons For Our Time, Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, Asian American Press, the Hmong Women Write Now! Anthology, and The Asian American Literary Review among many others. She was …

#TBT: Nor Sanavongsay and the power of imagination

“With great power comes great responsibility,” we’re told time and again in the stories of that classic superhero, Spider Man. When Nor Sanavongsay was growing up in Elgin, Illinois, he has memories of both American superheroes and the Lao folktales his father and relatives took time to tell him. “Growing up, I always wished there were Lao superheroes or even more Asian superheroes, for that matter. I’ve grown tired of waiting and decided why not create my own and hopefully future generations can enjoy them,” Nor said. This weekend he’ll be discussing this problem at ZAPPCON with other fans and creators passionate about superheroes, where he’ll share his ideas and get some input and new perspectives on where we can go next. In the America of the 1980s, it was a deeply influential decade on comics, and Nor and other Lao Americans had a very good seat to see what was possible. It was a time when independent comics were starting to gain ground, creating characters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Many classics of comic …