Jimmy Vongsouvanh works the shoe box-sized back bar of Rainbow Chinese, poised and dressed in a way that elevates the image of a young bartender. Vest-clad with a touch of hipster, he rocks a slicked-back '90s skater coiffure as he warmly greets patrons sidling up to the eight-seat bar. He wins them ... More >>
We in the Twin Cities pride ourselves on the diversity of our food scene. Chefs like Jack Riebel, Jamie Malone, Isaac Becker, and Tim McKee have all helped to put us on the map, fine-dining wise. But we can also tout things like camel burgers and yak momo, plus the fact that there are few places out ... More >>
Pangea World Theater's new one-woman show stitches together Laos, America, and India
A controversial Radiolab episode opens old wounds and raises countless questions for Minnesota's Hmong
Headshot, Unforgivable, Natural Selection, and more
WikipediaThe venerated Gen. Vang Pao in the early '60s.Last night, news arrived from California that Gen. Vang Pao succumbed to a 10-day battle with pneumonia and died at the age of 81. Though decades have passed since he lead the Royal Army of Laos in guerrilla combat during the Vietnam W ... More >>
Hmong Village, now open.Walking through the new Hmong Village in St Paul's East Side is truly a unique experience. Like the Hmongtown Marketplace on Como and Marion, the sheer volume and variety of food is astonishing with 35 produce vendors and 17 restaurants. Endless bubble teas, medicinal herb ... More >>
The St. Paul woman faced a maximum 20 years in prison, but according to a plea deal, she was sentenced to just one.
White cheeked gibbons are an endangered species in Laos and Vietnam. This one looks pretty safe, though.
Ville Thao and John Vang: Asians don't just want to party with Asians
Mee Moua joins the international outcry over the fate of 4,000 Hmong forced to return to Laos.
The Hatch-Surisooks broaden our notion of Thai food in their new family-run restaurant.
International Marketplace quietly offers cuisine treats
A guide for taking the guesswork out of MSPIFF
This week's OC Weekly features a story on former Royal Lao Army General Vang Pao and his recent arrest for his involvement in the secret purchase of millions of dollars worth of AK-47s, C-4 explosives and Stinger missiles.
Wherein six Minnesotans brave the Mekong River, whirlpools, and dysentery in a leaky boat with a lawnmower engine held together by toothpaste and cardboard and live to tell about it
Eat Street Malaysian Restaurant Peninsula is a perfect antidote to late-winter blahs
What do the Rollergirls read to pass the time in the tour bus, the penalty box, and the hospital?
Mali Kouanchao critiques new media with old images
Making book with Carolyn Cone
As a Child, Cy Thao Crossed the Mekong from Laos to a New World. Now His Paintings Are Taking the Hmong People Home.
Meet the neighbors
Sometimes the right man for the job is a child
War and terror have a soundtrack: It's called Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Community activist Cy Thao plans to tell the story of the Hmong people in a series of 50 paintings--and may one day speak for them in elected office
Artists and city planners are shopping for a new home for a north-side landmark
You too could be mayor of St. Paul! Just answer a dozen of the most preposterous, frivolous, and insultingly direct questions you could ever hope to encounter in your whole squirming political life.
First Khoua Her asked the clans for help. Then she went to the courts. By the time police found her six children dead, she'd run out of places to turn.
A series of teen rapes shocks local Hmong parents into confronting a new culture: their children.
Bad city planning in the late 1970s led inadvertently to Nicollet Avenue's rebirth as the most vital ethnic