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Lao New Year 2555

I often wonder if all of my Lao New Year photos are actually doing more harm than good.  Because I don’t necessarily post images of what truly happens, when outsiders go to the temple/community center/fairgrounds, they might be in for a shock.  There are many things in the Lao community that I don’t agree with, […]

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LAS 7th Annual Ball

Laotian American Society 7th Annual Fundraiser.  April 14, 2012  | The Grand Ballroom  |  Norcross, GA Sabaidee Pii Mai – Happy Lao New Year! Uncle Boon to the rescue! 😉 More Photos and Videos on the LAS FB Page.

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Lao New Year: New Iberia, Louisiana

Notes:  I never went to photojournalism school to learn my photography.  So in that way, I don’t have the code in which most of those types of shooters live by, the presenting of images unedited, without personal bias.  I don’t know if I could live by that photojournalistic prime directive.  I guess you could say […]

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Thai New Year / “Louse” New Year

Notes: Photos from the Thai New year (Songkarn) at Wat Buddha Bucha in Decatur, Georgia.  For those that don’t know, we share similar cultures, Lao and Thai people, especially when you see the food sold by the outdoor vendors.  The biggest difference is of course the absence of alcohol at the Thai temple… Some of […]

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Wat Sattha Dhamma

Wat Sattha Dhamma | Alto, GA Random Notes: Like most Lao things, humble beginnings on this one as well, but there aren’t many times in America these days where you can witness an old timey barn raising, people pulling together to build something.  Time will tell if this becomes a Lao “Bonnaroo” field, and more complaints from […]

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Lao New Year 2553: Wat Lao Riverdale

Tech Notes: 24-105mm IS on the Canon, 70-200 VR on the Nikon, and infrared Sigma.  Great combo.  Maybe since I’ve been playing Final Fantasy XIII so much, with its 3 person fighting structure, figuring out tools for the bag is like setting up your characters for a battle.  Cars and cameras are similar and oddly enough cameras are […]

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2nd International Lao New Year: Miss Lao International Pageant

2nd International Lao New Year | San Francisco Miss Lao International Pageant | Whitcomb Hotel Ballroom Miss Lao International 2010 Dolene Simmalavong Miss Lao International Dolene Simmalavong 1st Princess Aleta Rattanasith (L) 2nd Princess Busaba Sisounthone (R) Amy Chanthaphavong, current reigning Miss Asian America, addressing the crowd.  The winner tonight will go on to compete […]

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2nd International Lao New Year: Performers

2nd International Lao New Year | San Francisco Here are some photos of this year’s performers at the Lao New Year in San Fran.  Photos by me, if anyone uses them, please credit me or my site pretty please.  Captions and of course thoughts by me as well, please note that taking pictures is much […]

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2nd International Lao New Year: Prelude

2nd International Lao New Year | San Francisco Pre-festival and practicing photos from this year’s Lao New Year in San Fran.  Photos by me, if anyone uses them, please credit me or my site pretty please.  Captions and of course thoughts by me as well, please note that taking pictures is much easier than performing and organizing […]

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International Lao New Year Festival Photos

International Lao New Year Festival San Francisco, California | April 11, 2009 Presented by: Center for Lao Studies Laotian American National Alliance Lao Heritage Foundation Sabaidee Pii Mai!  

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International Lao New Year Opening

International Lao New Year Opening Ceremony Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field | Novato, California The opening ceremony was quite moving, hearing stories and memories from the various men and women who worked as volunteers at the base that was the original housing and processing center for thousands of Lao refugees. I found out later […]

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Photos: Lao New Year Wat Conley

Lao New Year 2551 (2008) | Wat Lao Pothisaram | Conley, GA For those of you whose photographic or cultural interest has been piqued by my photos, I do have to say that almost all of my work deals with beauty–the surface kind. It’s just a natural tendency of a creative person, or actually of anybody […]