All posts tagged: Lao Americans

Becoming a Lao Restauranteur: Eric Virakhone Panya

When I first moved to Fort Worth, Texas in July 2013, I was told that there was vibrant Lao community nearby. In fact, according to the U.S. Census, there are about 10,000 Laotian Americans in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex alone. Out of that 10,000, about 3,000 reside in the Fort Worth Area. I was excited; perhaps adjusting to life in Texas wouldn’t be too hard with a Lao community nearby and most of all, Lao comfort food readily available right around the corner. A quick Yelp! search led me to Sikhay Restaurant in Northeast Fort Worth. I decided to take the 20 minute drive out there and check it out. The restaurant was located on a non-descript corner of a strip mall, right next to a Lao hair salon and a pawn shop. The sign up top looked like it was hand written decades ago. I walked in and ordered Larb Dip, Gang Kao Lao, and Khao Niew.  As you can probably imagine, the restaurant had that home grown type of feel. It was a …

Upcoming Events: Symposiums on 40 years of Southeast Asian Stories

For those who remember, passed down family stories, or learned about some of the most forgotten shared histories of our time; 1975 was the most significant year for the people of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. 2015 marks 40 years of the beginning of the dispersal of thousands who sought refuge from a post-war Southeast Asia. There are two upcoming symposiums hosting spaces to reflect, discuss and to commemorate the journeys, experiences, stories and livelihoods of our Southeast Asian communities in America.  Little Laos on the Prairie will be present at both events. We hope you will join us. SEA LEGACIES: COMMEMORATING 40 YEARS OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN DIASPORAS DATE: Friday, March 6th, 2015 LOCATION: California State University, Fullerton, CA DETAILS: The goals of the symposium are to commemorate the formation of Southeast Asian diasporic communities in the US over the past 40 years and to educate CSUF students about Southeast Asian American heritages, experiences, and histories. Scheduled events include presentations, roundtables, performances, film screenings and talks, and exhibitions by students, faculty, artists, community members, and leaders from the Vietnamese American, …