Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Collecting Stories of the Lao Diaspora with Little Laos on the Prairie

As Little Laos on the Prairie celebrates its two-year anniversary of trailblazing the online presence of Lao voices, editor Chanida Phaengdara Potter is embarking on a journey with Lao photographers to collect the stories and capture the faces that connect our Lao diaspora communities.

"Who are the Lao? Where are the Lao? Lao Americans have been in the US for over 40 years, yet many are still unaware of who we are. Have the Lao fulfilled our American Dream? How about those in Laos today? Post-war, who are the Lao in a fast developing country? These are important stories to share. The Lao Diaspora Project: A Photo Essay is a photojournalism project that strives to collect the stories and capture the faces of Lao communities in Minnesota, the US, and across the world."

They need your help to make this photo essay journey a reality. Please help support their work by donating here: They have 30 days to reach our initial goal of $3,000.

Your contributions will help them with travel expenses, printing costs, and coordinating a traveling exhibit. They'll be starting in Laos in November while local photographers will start in Minnesota and other states to collect the stories of the big and small Lao communities that grace the US. If you have questions or would like to be involved, please contact Chanida at

Please share this with your friends and family. Thank you for your support over the years.

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