Monday, February 20, 2017

[Poem] Aftermaths


From my first full-length collection of Lao American speculative poetry, On The Other Side Of The Eye in 2007.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Adventures in Artificial Intelligence: Lao Engravings Edition

There's a certain hilarity to how the Google AI thought it could improve or enhance a photo from my collection of public domain engravings from the French Colonial Era in Laos. There should probably be a poem in here somewhere.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Chien-Shiung Wu, "The First Lady of Physics": 1912-1997

Recently, while researching Wolfgang Pauli, I came across a casual picture of him with an Asian woman, which had my curiosity. A quick investigation revealed that it was in fact Chien-Shiung Wu, referred to by many as "The First Lady of Physics." True to the times, mind you, she was also called the ‘Chinese Marie Curie’, ‘Madame Wu’, and "the ‘Dragon Lady’ (given to her by her students at Columbia University for her uncompromising standards)."  Today, February 16th, marks the 20th year since her passing.

When you read the details of her life, it feels like so much more needs to be done to encourage Asian American youth and, indeed, the rest of the world, to appreciate her contributions and legacy, especially given the focus on STEM careers.  ‘I sincerely doubt, -she said – that any open-minded person really believes in the notion that women have no intellectual capacity for science and technology.’

As the Futurist notes:
"By the time Chien-Shiung Wu retired, she was one of the world’s leading experimental physicists. She was a recipient of multiple prizes and honors. She was the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from Princeton University; the first female President of the American Physical Society (elected in 1975); and the first living scientist to have an asteroid named after her. Her book ‘Beta Decay’, published in 1965, became a standard text in nuclear physics."

So here's to her memory, and a hope that many more will be inspired by her example in the future.

World Read Aloud Day! Recommendation: A Sticky Mess

Today is World Read Aloud Day!

Among my recommendations for Lao readers around the world, is why not go with Nor Sanavongay's popular adaptation of the classic folktale A Sticky Mess from Sahtu Press! And keep an eye out for #2 following the further adventures of Xieng Mieng!

You can get your copy at:

Meanwhile, what other great children's books would you recommend for young Lao readers?