Laos is very new to utilizing mechanized methods of rice cultivation. While there may be a tiller tractor or a water buffalo to assist with tilling the land, most farms still employ manual labor and people power to do the sowing, harvesting, hulling and packing of the rice.
In this video watch as this Kubota DC-68G combine machine make light work of harvesting rice on a field in Ban Keun, Laos.
Title:Buddhist Funeral Cultures of Southeast Asia and China Edited by: Paul Williams and Patrice Ladwig Publisher / Year: Cambridge University Press, 2012 ISBN: 9781107667877
This book is a wonderful analysis of what happens after death and the rituals and practices that take place. Further, since it covers southeast Asia and China, it provides the reader a wonderful resource for comparative analysis between varying cultures.
In Asia there are many ethnic groups within any single country and each of them handle funeral rites differently. Sometimes those differences are vast and some of them only slightly. Laos is no exception to this.
Two of the chapters are dedicated to Laos, noted below.
This documentary film goes through many aspects of rice in Laos. It discusses rice statistics, gene preservation, cultivation by manual and new mechanized methods. And towards the end of the video it also talks about the festivals that have a connection to rice. It's very interesting and educational short documentary. In English, 20 minutes.
Just remembering some of Nithaya's take on Lao women's clothing which he brought to Paris, France, back in 2013. His interpretation and remaking of the pa seen combined Lao fashion and fabrics with that of Western tailoring.
By Fanny Potkin, The Diplomat (US), February 03, 2016
Laos’ Communist Party elected Vice President Bounnhang Vorachit to be its next leader last week, after a vote by the newly formed 10th Party Central Committee.
State media announced on Friday that the congress of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party, which is held every five years, had selected a new central committee and politburo to lead the country. The 78-year-old Bounnhang is replacing Choummaly Sayasone, 79, as secretary-general and president; Choummaly is stepping down after almost a decade in power.
By: Murray Hiebert, The Center for Strategic and International Studies (USA), February 4, 2016
Leadership changes announced at a recently completed congress of the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party and President Barack Obama’s planned visit to Vientiane in September, the first ever to Laos by a sitting U.S. president, give Washington an important opportunity to boost ties with this landlocked nation of less than 7 million people along China’s southern flank.
The first high-level U.S. engagement with Laos this year will take place in Rancho Mirage, California, on February 15-16, when Obama and Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong will jointly chair a summit discussion between Southeast Asian and U.S. heads of state. Laos is the ASEAN chair for 2016.
Photo Credit: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tours the
That Luang Stupa or ''Pha That Luang,'' with Phouvieng Phothisane,
Acting Director of the Vientiane Museums, and Tata Keovilay,
with the U.S. Embassy, in Vientiane, Laos. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool.
Laos wants to see maritime rights respected and avoid a military build-up in the South China Sea, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, after a meeting with Laos' Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong to urge ASEAN unity in the face of Chinese claims.
Laos is the 2016 chair of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and hosts a summit later in the year that will include the leaders of the United States and China.
"He was very clear he wants a unified ASEAN and he wants maritime rights protected, and he wants to avoid militarization and to avoid conflict," Kerry told reporters after meeting Thongsing in Vientiane, the capital of Laos.
Vilayvone was sure she would never get into college. Her mother and father, a retired soldier, ran a small farm in a rural part of Laos to raise their seven children. Despite everyone waking before dawn to work on the farm, the family always lacked for food and money. “My siblings and I tried to find ways to continue our studies and reduce our parents’ burden,” said Vilayvone, who also sold lottery tickets in the evenings after school to bring in income.
LaoStar Channel's Sabaidee Muong Lao visits makers of bylan paper manuscripts and a decorative lacquer ware bowls studio, in Luangprabang. Video clip is in Lao language.