All posts tagged: Diaspora

[Poem] “Narratives” by Soudary Kittivong-Greenbaum

Last month, Little Laos on the Prairie celebrated its 4th Anniversary promoting the Lao renaissance in writing and arts. An idea sparked by the founder’s drive for creating a better world for her daughter, today, the blog finds readers in every corner of the Earth. — Narratives, whether you know it or not, are being written about you, all the time. That mom, she is always frayed in the morning, rushing her kid off to school. Why is she so short with him? That mom, she is always telling me what to do. I want to finish playing, finish my chocolate milk, before I go. Oh, my head hurts. Why is so so impatient with me? That mom, she is a little protective, don’t you think? We do the best, it was an accident. Does she not know we have many kids to look after? Why? Why? Recently at a conference on kids’ social emotional health, the universe seated me at a table with someone whose work I had been following; who creates space for …

On tour: MN metal band debuts “The Color Clear”

Minnesota-based metalcore band, Reflections, officially released their third album, The Color Clear, on September 18, 2015. The four person band features two Lao Americans, guitarist Patrick Somoulay, and bassist Francis Xayana. LLOTP caught up with Francis to find out more about their latest album and life on tour. Tell us a little bit about Reflections. Who’s in it? How did it get started? Reflections has been a band since 2010, but didn’t get active until 2012. It started off as a project between our guitarist, Patrick Somoulay, and our vocalist Jake Wolf. I came into the picture soon after and also our drummer, Nick Lona. I play bass for the band, but I also take care of the business and branding aspects. Our genre is metal. What’s it like to be a Lao American kid in a rock band?  I never once felt like I ever had a disadvantage in being in a band because of being Lao American. I suppose it doesn’t really make me feel special or different than anyone in that sense. But as of …