Wednesday, April 22, 2009

so are you chinese or japanese?

the funny thing about this clip, is that i've been quoting it for years although i'd never actually seen it until today. (i should start by saying this clip is from king of the hill, and it shows the arrival of the new neighbors, the souphanousinphone family.) i'd heard about the episode and the Lao family that lived next door to the hills, and i've always thought that this particular scene was an accurate representation of the invisibility of some southeast asian groups in the usa. so i sometimes will reference it (without ever having seen it) when discussing cultural issues with the group i facilitate at the local high school in order to illustrate the stereotypes and cultural expectations of southeast asians. but its hilarious... especially the line, "man them chinese, you never can understand a word they say... mumble mumble mumble." (and thanks to lone for passing this along.)

here is the original link to the online discussion...

Friday, April 10, 2009

khao chii pate

now look at how everybody's trying to get on with some of this vietnamese sandwich. see the new york times article linked below. ima bout to head off to tony's to get me one. but i've taken to the bbq pork with the fried egg. its so good especially when they leave the egg a little runny. and for the extra egg, its still only 2.50! that's dealz! yep... gonna take my lunch now! (i left my soup at home by accident, so soup will be lunch tomorrow, khao chii pate will be lunch today!)

thanks to jacob for this here link.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

rotten tomatoes guy

so i was watching some rotten tomatoes at a friend's place over the weekend (i aint got cable). and i saw that the guy host, brett erlich, was wearing a shirt with...

where did he get that shirt anyway? any guesses as to what it says? i mean, i think it's "thank you" and with a "dueh" after it? like the restaurant in viengchan? i also "contacted" rotten tomatoes to ask about it, (see link below), and i would suggest yall all do the same so that they'll actually answer one of us. below is their website, and you can watch the show online! and here is their email address. but regardless, it shows that Laos is rising up into america's collective consciousness, and that soon we'll have a Lao-american president that will declare a holiday to celebrate the eating of padek.

Monday, April 06, 2009

next week event!

we've been working on this for a while, so hopefully it comes off okay!

Thursday, April 02, 2009


i went to a reception for a non-profit organization a few weeks back, and i was surprised that beerLao had already hit the shelves of local asian supermarkets. but here is the proof. i took these here pictures with the camera on my phone, so they aint the highest quality... but anyway.

(in case you don't remember, a while back i posted a link to an npr story about beerLao and its hopes of becoming an internationally popular brand. and maybe it will.)