Feb 27, 2010
Lao Americans Be Counted
I'm sure there are at least some Laotian Americans who sometimes read this blog.
During the next couple of weeks we should all be receiving a census from from the US Government in the mail. It's really important that all the people who have immigrated from Laos, and the children of those people, and even the children of those children write down their ethnicity as Laotian. The larger the number of counted Laotians living in the US the larger the amount of funding for things such as government forms written in Lao language, more effort made for interpreters, more effort made to ensure that those veterans and spouses of veterans recieve thier full benefits for fighting for the Americans etc.
Much of the older generation have limited English Language abilities and as they age they will need assistance with all of the goverment bureaucracy as well as fullfilling their obligations such as voting.
I'd really love to see funding to support Lao culture. I can't think of an instrument better suited to electification than the kaen, and I can't think of a folk music that would be more suited to morphing into hard rock than Morlum. I'm waiting for the day when I hear Lumrock.
While I'm at it I'd like to give a hat tip to the Lao American woman at Laotian Teacher who writes a great blog about things sometimes Lao and sometimes not but always very interesting. I first saw the you tube on her blog.