The American community has a lot of communities making
America. And even though we’re new, maybe [only] fifteen years
since the refugees started coming in, we are a part of the community.
America, as a whole, each community should know the other community,
[know] who else is around you, in order to work together.
I remind the children that we should be a healthy
community. We need to be good citizens. In order to build our community,
we have to come together and learn a lot of things, and we have to be
good....We do build our community one way or another. Luckily, we have
the monks to lead us and we all follow them....The monks are everything
to the people. If the family is unhappy, they will call the monks. The
monks have to give them advice.
I taught my children how to do the Lao dances. I
learned it in school in Laos and I know a few dances that I can teach
them and I always have music with me. So I taught them, the two of them,
brother and sister, at home here in the U.S. And they performed at the
school bazaars and at church festivals—the Lao dances. And then
we became more involved when the refugees came and many churches asked
the dancers, my children, to perform to help raise funds to sponsor
more refugees. So we got more involved and then I said to my kids that
the two of them were not enough. We have to have more dancers to provide
according to the need of the community.