The Lao Diaspora Project
DIASPORA: A sense of belonging to more than one history, to more than one time and place, to more than one past and future. - John Docker
“Do you have photos worth a thousand words? Does it tell a story about your family’s history? Does it reflect who you are? Does it speak of the journey of where you came from and where you are now?" - LLOTP
Little Laos on the Prairie are accepting photos of Lao-Americans and/or their families by OCTOBER 31ST, 2014, telling a story of how they are able to reach the United States of America & the diaspora they face.
“Why should I share my story?
- The Lao community’s stories will help educate the public and officials about our shared journey that has been left out of mainstream history.
- The chance for your story to be honored and featured on LLOTP’s website, highlighted in a mini-booklet, turned into a painting, and/or shared in a public gallery.
- The opportunity to reflect, relate and learn from others in the Lao Diaspora experience.”
Please send your photo if you can. Let’s help support their project!
Ahead of Toronto’s upcoming municipal elections, Ward 2 candidate Munira Abukar has been the target of racial hatred and vandalism. City councillors, members of the public, and other candidates have outwardly shown support for her on Twitter, including mayoral candidate Olivia Chow (who has herself been the target of racism and threats of violence on a large scale).
Pages Matam, Elizabeth Acevedo & G. Yamazawa - “Unforgettable”
"My name wasn’t given to me. It was given to the rest of the country."
Our first poem from this year’s National Poetry slam champions, Beltway Poetry Slam from Washington D.C. We can’t wait to share more of their work with you.
"When I was a kid, I believed you would become a mermaid when you went in the water to swim".
I really loved the little mermaid as a kid growing up so I had the warped perception you became a mermaid when you entered the water ahaha. This is me learning to swim with my cousin! This piece is for a gallery show at work.
“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”