3.2.18 - 3.8.18

Little Laos on the Prairie: 10 Lao Diaspora Women You Should Know in 2018 

-  Fashion Icon & Founder of the Moda Box, Monica Phromsavanh, speaks about her hurdles and discoveries of becoming an innovative entrepreneur. 

- This year’s Oscar nominees are more diverse. Is Hollywood shifting in a new direction for gender parity and racial diversity? Oscar winner, Frances McDormand, ended her speech by calling for more actors to have inclusion riders in their contracts.

- This year has brought some victories for Asian Americans behind-the-scenes. Kazuhiro Tsuji is the first Asian American to win an Oscar for Best Makeup & Hairstyling!

- Asian American actors Jake Choi and Henry Golding both book big network mainstream media tv shows and movies. 

- #LaoFoodMovement Chef Seng listed as one of the semifinalists in the 2018 James Beard AwardsJames Syhabout continues his press tour with Food & Wine discussing his end goal with Lao Food. 

Narintohn Luangrath shares her take on the current events along with her families immigration journey on Baltimore Sun

- Clare Ramirez, discusses how she has more in common with undocumented immigrants than other Americans. 

Congressman Jim Costa continues his advocacy for securing recognition and honor for Lao American veterans serving alongside American armed forces during the "Secret War" 

All-China Women's Federation gave equipment and supplies to the Lao Women's Union to further improve the conditions at all levels. 

- New satellite installed to supplement existing telecommunications infrastructure in Laos. 

- The Lao government took steps to reverse illegal wildlife trafficking and environmental crimes. 

- For your listening or viewing pleasure: Kulap Vilaysack guests on Unladylike Podcast, "Lao Diaspora" DJ Vannasnone Keodara guests on Here & Now's DJ SessionsSeraphina Lotkhamnga created a Spotify Playlist, and Ruby Ibarra dropped her most recent music video