Healing Out Lao'd

Rita Phetmixay

Created/Hosted by Rita Phetmixay (she/they), MA, LCSW, Licensed Psychotherapist, Wellness Coach, and Independent Audio Producer. Healing Out Lao'd explores the intersections of Lao diaspora storytelling x healing x tools for sustainability. While this show centers the Lao and broader Southeast Asian diaspora experience, anyone can benefit from this resource, especially those in the margins including BIPOC (Black Indigenous Persons of Color), survivors, thrivers, healers, movement builders, and so forth. In order to highlight the nuances of the diverse Lao diaspora experience, HOL casts diverse perspectives of what it means to be a child of refugees while also inspiring a new generation of folx to heal and move forward with their lives. This is one project to expand visions of the overall #LaoHealingMovement.

E34: Somlit Inthalangsy on returning to his Lao name + embodying dad's legacy of community organizing & finding home away from home in Laos Angeles
Apr 17 2022
E34: Somlit Inthalangsy on returning to his Lao name + embodying dad's legacy of community organizing & finding home away from home in Laos Angeles
FINAL SZN 2.0 Episode 34 features a conversation between creator/host Rita Phetmixay and actor/co-host of Laos Angeles Deuan Sabaidee, Somlit Inthalangsy!During this episode, Somlit speaks on returning to his Lao name + embodying dad's legacy of community organizing & finding home away from home in Laos Angeles.As the co-host of the Laos Angeles Deuan Sabaidee, Somlit organizes monthly gatherings for LA/Orange County community members who have roots in Laos to connect and build sustainable relationships. Today, Somlit is taking a break from social media and acting to focus on personal development and empowerment through journaling and meditative practices.  ----------CONNECT WITH SOMLIT: www.somlit.comIG- @somlit_----------SUBSCRIBE x FOLLOW x RATE x REVIEW! HOL is a podcast and virtual practice space exploring Lao diaspora storytelling, healing, and tools for sustainability. Learn more at healingoutlaod.org Support HOL by leaving us a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!!----------SUSTAIN HOL: Help sustain this space for future generations by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR by making a one-time donation via PayPal and write in the description “#HOLdonation”JOIN THE COMMUNITY of HOL @healingoutlaod on all major streaming and social media platforms including Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook. Who are you and what is your story as a child of the Lao diaspora? Comment/share and let us know!!! Music & Audio Editing: Andrew David VilaythongLogo design: Salong Namsa of Laos SupplyWebsite: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap VilaysackHuge KOP JAI to Critical Refugee Studies Collective (with assistance from JoJo Ramirez) for funding SZN2.0 episodes. The Critical Refugee Studies Collective envisions a world where all refugees are treated and embraced as fellow human beings with all fundamental rights and privileges. Support the show (
E33: Christy Innouvong-Thornton on experiences of growing up without her Lao Isan parents + moving beyond narratives of forced resilience & giving back through Southeast Asian foodways
Mar 20 2022
E33: Christy Innouvong-Thornton on experiences of growing up without her Lao Isan parents + moving beyond narratives of forced resilience & giving back through Southeast Asian foodways
Episode 33 features a conversation between creator/host Rita Phetmixay and founder of Courageous Kitchen & TukTuk Box enterprises, Christy Innouvong-Thornton!During this episode, Christy reflects on her painful experiences of growing up in a white household (w/o her Lao Isan parents) + moving beyond narratives of forced resilience & giving back through Southeast Asian foodways. Today, Christy is living her best life in North Carolina, while feeding, educating and creating socioeconomic advancement for Southeast Asian people through TukTuk Box, a specialty food retailer storytelling platform.  ----------CONNECT WITH CHRISTY: Tuk Tuk Box websiteTuk Tuk Box IGCourageous Kitchen----------SUBSCRIBE x FOLLOW x RATE x REVIEW! HOL is a podcast and virtual practice space exploring Lao diaspora storytelling, healing, and tools for sustainability. Learn more at healingoutlaod.org Support HOL by leaving us a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!!----------SUSTAIN HOL: Help sustain this space for future generations by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR by making a one-time donation via PayPal and write in the description “#HOLdonation”JOIN THE COMMUNITY of HOL @healingoutlaod on all major streaming and social media platforms including Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook. Who are you and what is your story as a child of the Lao diaspora? Comment/share and let us know!!! Music & Audio Editing: Andrew David VilaythongLogo design: Salong Namsa of Laos SupplyWebsite: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap VilaysackHuge KOP JAI to Critical Refugee Studies Collective (with assistance from JoJo Ramirez) for funding SZN2.0 episodes. The Critical Refugee Studies Collective envisions a world where all refugees are treated and embraced as fellow human beings with all fundamental rights and privileges. Support the show (
E32: Andrew David Vilaythong on growing up with a parent suffering from mental illness + therapy as a tool for addressing conflict-avoidant behaviors & music as self-exploration
Feb 20 2022
E32: Andrew David Vilaythong on growing up with a parent suffering from mental illness + therapy as a tool for addressing conflict-avoidant behaviors & music as self-exploration
Episode 32 features a conversation between creator/host Rita Phetmixay and music maker/DJ/audio editor of HOL– Andrew David Vilaythong!During this episode, Andrew reflects on his experiences of growing up with a parent suffering from mental illness + therapy as a tool for addressing conflict-avoidant behaviors & making music as self-exploration. Today, Andrew continues to thrive in his creativity thru DJing/producing beats and being the best plant dad he can be to his 15+ plant children in Los Angeles. ----------CONNECT WITH ANDREW @AndrewDavidV: Instagram WebsiteSpotify -KEEP GROWING- ADV Plant Playlist----------SUBSCRIBE x FOLLOW x RATE x REVIEW! HOL is a podcast and virtual practice space exploring Lao diaspora storytelling, healing, and tools for sustainability. Learn more at healingoutlaod.org Support HOL by leaving us a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!!----------SUSTAIN HOL: Help sustain this space for future generations by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR by making a one-time donation via PayPal and write in the description “#HOLdonation”JOIN THE COMMUNITY of HOL @healingoutlaod on all major streaming and social media platforms including Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook. Who are you and what is your story as a child of the Lao diaspora? Comment/share and let us know!!! Music & Audio Editing: Andrew David VilaythongLogo design: Salong Namsa of Laos SupplyWebsite: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap VilaysackHuge KOP JAI to Critical Refugee Studies Collective (with assistance from JoJo Ramirez) for funding SZN2.0 episodes. The Critical Refugee Studies Collective envisions a world where all refugees are treated and embraced as fellow human beings with all fundamental rights and privileges. Support the show (
E31: #HealingTheHealer-- Stephanie Franco on writing as resistance + cultivating mental health equity for BIPOC across cali & tapping into radical imagination
Jan 9 2022
E31: #HealingTheHealer-- Stephanie Franco on writing as resistance + cultivating mental health equity for BIPOC across cali & tapping into radical imagination
Episode 31 brings back the #HealingTheHealer series, which was first created in order to share the experiences of people in Rita’s lives that have empowered her healing process. In this first episode of 2022, Rita dives into a conversation with Stephanie Franco (aka “SPESH”), who is a creative writer, audio storyteller and sound designer/engineer based in Oakland, California.  During this episode, Stephanie  reflects on her experiences of growing up in the BAY AREA (Haywaaard), writing as resistance, cultivating mental health equity for BIPOC across Cali & tapping into radical imagination.----------CONNECT WITH STEPHANIE: @stephaneezyy Twitter@stephaneezzyy Instagram @werkwyphyz Podcast IGWebsite----------REFERENCES: Werk Wyphyz PodcastLocatora Radio Production Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. ----------SUBSCRIBE x FOLLOW x RATE x REVIEW! HOL is a podcast and virtual practice space exploring Lao diaspora storytelling, healing, and tools for sustainability. Learn more at healingoutlaod.org Support HOL by leaving us a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!!----------SUSTAIN HOL: Help sustain this space for future generations by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR by making a one-time donation via PayPal and write in the description “#HOLdonation”JOIN THE COMMUNITY of HOL @healingoutlaod on all major streaming and social media platforms including Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook. Who are you and what is your story as a child of the Lao diaspora? Comment/share and let us know!!! Music & Audio Editing: Andrew David VilaythongLogo design: Salong Namsa of Laos SupplyWebsite: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap VilaysackHuge KOP JAI to Critical Refugee Studies Collective (with assistance from JoJo Ramirez) for funding SZN2.0 episodes. The Critical Refugee Studies Collective envisions a world where all refugees are treated and embraced as fellow human beings with all fundamental rights and privileges. Support the show (
E30: Lina V Luangrath on overcoming domestic violence, finding inner liberation thru music,  & meeting Lao ancestors for the first time
Dec 5 2021
E30: Lina V Luangrath on overcoming domestic violence, finding inner liberation thru music, & meeting Lao ancestors for the first time
This episode features a conversation between creator/host Rita Phetmixay and the talented Lao American musician and family woman, Lina V Luangrath. During this episode, Lina reflects on her experiences of growing up in an impoverished Lao/BIPOC community in Rockford, Illinois + overcoming domestic violence + finding inner liberation thru music,  & meeting Lao ancestors for the first time.  Today, Lina is living the dream by singing/performing on various stages across Los Angeles, as well as building community with hosting events. She also enjoys cheffing it up in the kitchen and cooks SAAP SAAP Lao food and Jamaican oxtail stew. ----------CONTENT WARNING: This episode mentions content on childhood developmental trauma, domestic violence/abuse, depression, grief, and loss. Please take care of yourselves before deciding to listen. Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)----------CONNECT WITH LINA: @linavmusic Instagram @linavmusic Facebook WebsiteSpotify YouTubeSoundCloud----------SUBSCRIBE x FOLLOW x RATE x REVIEW! HOL is a podcast and virtual practice space exploring Lao diaspora storytelling, healing, and tools for sustainability. Learn more at healingoutlaod.org Support HOL by leaving us a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!!----------SUSTAIN HOL: Help sustain this space for future generations by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR by making a one-time donation via PayPal and write in the description “#HOLdonation”JOIN THE COMMUNITY of HOL @healingoutlaod on all major streaming and social media platforms including Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook. Who are you and what is your story as a child of the Lao diaspora? Comment/share and let us know!!! Music & Audio Editing: Andrew David VilaythongLogo design: Salong Namsa of Laos SupplyWebsite: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap VilaysackHuge KOP JAI to Critical Refugee Studies Collective (with assistance from JoJo Ramirez) for funding SZN2.0 episodes. The Critical Refugee Studies Collective envisions a world where all refugees are treated and embraced as fellow human beings with all fundamental rights and privileges. Support the show (
E29: Lao Womxn Healing Circle
Nov 14 2021
E29: Lao Womxn Healing Circle
Episode 29 features creator/host Rita Phetmixay with special guests Seraphina Lotkhamnga, Joy Ngaosivath, and Carole Chainon. Together, they dialogue and reflect on what it means to be daughters of Lao refugees who uniquely embody intergenerational ancestral strength.GUEST BIOs: Seraphina Lotkhamnga is Sr. Creative Manager of Sync at Nettwerk Music Group and has been in the music industry for over a decade. In addition, Seraphina is also known for documenting her favorite foods over at FoodiePhina and using her hand to show where she's originally from in Michigan. She is also the co-host of Laos Angeles' monthly gathering, Laos Angeles Deuan Sabaidee (aka LADS). You connect with Seraphina @seraphina_l on IG and Twitter.Carole Chainon is the co-founder of JYC, an AR, VR & 360 production studio based in Los Angeles. She is also a digital artist and paints under the atelier KONG brand. Her digital works have been exhibited in Paris, France and she recently showcased her paintings at The Other Art Fair by Saatchi Art in Santa Monica, CA. You connect with Carole @carolepkc on IG and Twitter.Joy Ngaosivath is a world-class professional DJ based in Las Vegas. In addition, she also serves as a Board Member for Legacies of War, which is the leading U.S.-based educational and advocacy organization working to address the impact of conflict in Laos during the Vietnam War-era, including removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO). You can connect with Joy @djmissjoymusic.  **Please note that this recording was completed mid-2019, pre-COVID times.**----------SUBSCRIBE x FOLLOW x RATE x REVIEW! HOL is a podcast and virtual practice space exploring Lao diaspora storytelling, healing, and tools for sustainability. Learn more at healingoutlaod.org Support HOL by leaving us a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!!----------SUSTAIN HOL: Help sustain this space for future generations by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR by making a one-time donation via PayPal and write in the description “#HOLdonation”JOIN THE COMMUNITY of HOL @healingoutlaod on all major streaming and social media platforms including Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook.  Music & Audio Editing: Andrew David VilaythongLogo design: Salong Namsa of Laos SupplyWebsite: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap VilaysackHuge KOP JAI to Critical Refugee Studies Collective (with assistance from JoJo Ramirez) for funding SZN2.0 episodes. Support the show (
E28: Phetmixay Sibling Reunion on Rupture & Repair Mid-Pandemic
Oct 10 2021
E28: Phetmixay Sibling Reunion on Rupture & Repair Mid-Pandemic
Episode 28 features three out of the four Phetmixay siblings: David, Rita, and Joseph Phetmixay, who come together to reflect on how this pandemic has impacted each individually and how family conflict & reconciliation have helped drive closer ties between each other. Together, they discuss ways on how to best support one another and make it through COVID-19 as they all live worlds apart. ----------SUBSCRIBE x FOLLOW x RATE x REVIEW! Healing Out Lao’d is created/hosted by Rita Phetmixay and manifested by a collective Lao diaspora voice. HOL is a podcast and virtual practice space exploring Lao diaspora storytelling, healing, and tools for sustainability. Learn more at healingoutlaod.org Support HOL by leaving us a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!!----------SUSTAIN HOL: Help sustain this space for future generations by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR by making a one-time donation via PayPal and write in the description “#HOLdonation”JOIN THE COMMUNITY of HOL @healingoutlaod on all major streaming and social media platforms including Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook. Who are you and what is your story as a child of the Lao diaspora? Comment/share and let us know!!! Music & Audio Editing: Andrew David VilaythongLogo design: Salong Namsa of Laos SupplyWebsite: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap VilaysackHuge shout out to JoJo Ramirez at UC San Diego for assisting in the Critical Refugee Studies Collective sponsorship of HOL SZN 2.0’s episodes. Funded by the UC Office of the President’s Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiatives, the Critical Refugee Studies Collective envisions a world where all refugees are treated and embraced as fellow human beings with all fundamental rights and privileges. Learn more at criticalrefugeestudies.com KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)Support the show
E27: Joseph Phetmixay on growing up as Lao GenZ in NC during era of Uprisings & COVID-19
Sep 26 2021
E27: Joseph Phetmixay on growing up as Lao GenZ in NC during era of Uprisings & COVID-19
E27 features Joseph Phetmixay, baby brother to Rita Phetmixay AND youngest sibling of the Phetmixay family! Not only is Joseph the youngest child, he’s also the youngest guest on HOL and here to rep all the Lao GEN Z folx out there!! Rita gets to interview Joseph and explore his personal experiences of growing up as a Lao American high school kid in the south during the onset of political rising/anti-Asian hate and COVID-19 pandemic. Joseph’s critical self-reflection during last years of high school led him to confront an identity crisis and find Buddhist practices as forms of self-care, intergenerational resilience and so much more! ----------SUBSCRIBE x FOLLOW x RATE x REVIEW! Healing Out Lao’d is created/hosted by Rita Phetmixay and manifested by a collective Lao diaspora voice. HOL is a podcast and virtual practice space exploring Lao diaspora storytelling, healing, and tools for sustainability. Learn more at healingoutlaod.org Support HOL by leaving us a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!!----------SUSTAIN HOL: Help sustain this space for future generations by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR by making a one-time donation via PayPal and write in the description “#HOLdonation”JOIN THE COMMUNITY of HOL @healingoutlaod on all major streaming and social media platforms including Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook. Who are you and what is your story as a child of the Lao diaspora? Comment/share and let us know!!! Music & Audio Editing: Andrew David VilaythongLogo design: Salong Namsa of Laos SupplyWebsite: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap VilaysackHuge shout out to JoJo Ramirez at UC San Diego for assisting in the Critical Refugee Studies Collective sponsorship of HOL SZN 2.0’s episodes. Funded by the UC Office of the President’s Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiatives, the Critical Refugee Studies Collective envisions a world where all refugees are treated and embraced as fellow human beings with all fundamental rights and privileges. Learn more at criticalrefugeestudies.com KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)Support the show (
E26: "The Right to Heal: Southeast Asian American Mental Health in CA" [SEARAC report launch]
Sep 12 2021
E26: "The Right to Heal: Southeast Asian American Mental Health in CA" [SEARAC report launch]
On behalf of the Laotian American National Alliance, creator/host Rita Phetmixay of Healing Out Lao’d was invited to be a part of a virtual launch event hosted by SEARAC + partners on March 25, 2021. This audio recording captured SEARAC’s debrief of their new report titled: "The Right to Heal: Southeast Asian American Mental Health in California,” which highlights both the challenges and the solutions for addressing mental health disparities among Southeast Asian Americans in California and across the country. The full report can be downloaded here.Other helpful links: Event recordingReport/factsheetsSocial media toolkitIf you felt excited about this report launch, you can register and attend a similar event coming up on September 22: The Right to Heal: Centering Mental Health Multiracial Equity in California. Rita will be featured on Workshop #1: “Healing Within: Finding a Culturally Competent Healer” from 1-1:50pm PST.----------SUBSCRIBE x FOLLOW x RATE x REVIEW! Healing Out Lao’d is created/hosted by Rita Phetmixay and manifested by a collective Lao diaspora voice. HOL is a podcast and virtual practice space exploring Lao diaspora storytelling, healing, and tools for sustainability. Learn more at healingoutlaod.org Support HOL by leaving us a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!!----------SUSTAIN HOL: Help sustain this space for future generations by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR by making a one-time donation via PayPal and write in the description “#HOLdonation”JOIN THE COMMUNITY of HOL @healingoutlaod on all major streaming and social media platforms including Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook. Who are you and what is your story as a child of the Lao diaspora? Comment/share and let us know!!! Music: Andrew David VilaythongLogo design: Salong Namsa of Laos SupplyWebsite: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap VilaysackHuge shout out to JoJo Ramirez at UC San Diego for assisting in the Critical Refugee Studies Collective sponsorship of HOL SZN 2.0’s episodes. Funded by the UC Office of the President’s Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiatives, the Critical Refugee Studies Collective envisions a world where all refugees are treated and embraced as fellow human beings with all fundamental rights and privileges. Learn more at criticalrefugeestudies.com KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)Support the show
E25.2: Lao Sibling Reconciliation (Part 2) on saving face, vulnerability and building compassion
Aug 29 2021
E25.2: Lao Sibling Reconciliation (Part 2) on saving face, vulnerability and building compassion
Healing Out Lao’d SZN 2.0 launches part two of the Lao Sibling Reconciliation episode, which explores the direct impact of saving face, vulnerability and building compassion. Facilitated by Wanda Pathomrit, this intimate conversation between HOL creator/host Rita and her older brother (Aiy David) further explores the questions of what it means to protect your family’s name/reputation, breaking free from family interpersonal conflict/violence/silenced oppression and so much more!SUBSCRIBE x FOLLOW x RATE x REVIEW! Healing Out Lao’d is created/hosted by Rita Phetmixay and manifested by a collective Lao diaspora voice. HOL is a podcast and virtual practice space exploring Lao diaspora storytelling, healing, and tools for sustainability. Learn more at healingoutlaod.org Support HOL by leaving us a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!!----------SUSTAIN HOL: Help sustain this space for future generations by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR by making a one-time donation via PayPal and write in the description “#HOLdonation”JOIN THE COMMUNITY of HOL @healingoutlaod on all major streaming and social media platforms including Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook. Who are you and what is your story as a child of the Lao diaspora? Comment/share and let us know!!! Music: Andrew David VilaythongLogo design: Salong Namsa of Laos SupplyWebsite: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap VilaysackHuge shout out to JoJo Ramirez at UC San Diego for assisting in the Critical Refugee Studies Collective sponsorship of HOL SZN 2.0’s episodes. Funded by the UC Office of the President’s Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiatives, the Critical Refugee Studies Collective envisions a world where all refugees are treated and embraced as fellow human beings with all fundamental rights and privileges. Learn more at criticalrefugeestudies.com KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)Support the show
E25.1: Lao Sibling Reconciliation (Part 1) on gender roles, birth order, and parentification
Aug 8 2021
E25.1: Lao Sibling Reconciliation (Part 1) on gender roles, birth order, and parentification
HAPPY RELAUNCH DAY P’NONG/FAMILY!!! Healing Out Lao’d SZN 2.0 is finally here!!! In this first relaunch episode, creator/host Rita Phetmixay engages in a (part 1) in a deeply personal and heartfelt conversation with her big brother David, facilitated by big sis Wanda Pathomrit. Together, they dialogue on the impact of gender roles, birth order, and parentification while growing up as children of Lao (Isaan) refugees in North Carolina. SUBSCRIBE x FOLLOW x RATE x REVIEW! Healing Out Lao’d is created/hosted by Rita Phetmixay and manifested by a collective Lao diaspora voice. HOL is a podcast and virtual practice space exploring Lao diaspora storytelling, healing, and tools for sustainability. Learn more at healingoutlaod.org Support HOL by leaving us a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!!----------MEET THE HOL TEAM:Music: Andrew David VilaythongLogo design: Salong Namsa of Laos SupplyWebsite: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap VilaysackHuge shout out to JoJo Ramirez at UC San Diego for assisting in the Critical Refugee Studies Collective sponsorship of HOL SZN 2.0’s episodes. Funded by the UC Office of the President’s Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiatives, the Critical Refugee Studies Collective envisions a world where all refugees are treated and embraced as fellow human beings with all fundamental rights and privileges. Learn more at criticalrefugeestudies.com SUSTAIN HOL: Help sustain this space for future generations by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR by making a one-time donation via PayPal and write in the description “#HOLdonation”JOIN THE COMMUNITY of HOL @healingoutlaod on all major streaming and social media platforms including Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook. Who are you and what is your story as a child of the Lao diaspora? Comment/share and let us know!!! KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)Support the show (
#COVID19 Series, E2: Gonji Lee on cultivating community resources thru disability justice lens + response to ant-Asian racism + holistic self-care practices
May 25 2020
#COVID19 Series, E2: Gonji Lee on cultivating community resources thru disability justice lens + response to ant-Asian racism + holistic self-care practices
#COVID19 SERIES, E2: GONJI LEEFor our second episode of #COVID19 series, HOL invites Gonji Lee to speak about their experiences as a mental health practitioner based Los Angeles, CA. Gonji identifies as a trauma and resiliency-informed, cognitive behavioral therapist, educator, and community organizer. They’re also a bookworm and music junkie who enjoys being an introvert at home with a bag of xxxtra hot cheetos and a pineapple pizza!Gonji shares a wealth of their experiences of: What it means to cultivate community resources through a disability justice lensWhat it means for various API (Asian Pacific Islander) communities to be impacted by the rise of anti-Asian racismAnd lastly, Gonji provides their own wellness practices for self-care during quarantine.Tune into this uplifting conversation between Rita and Gonji today to grab some critical reflections on community mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic!!! ----------Please leave HOL a 5-star rating and a positive review to support the #LaoHealingMovement flourish!!! KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)----------REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE: Gonji Lee Therapy website@gonjitherapy Instagram Response to anti-Asian racism on IGCOVID-19 Pandemic Disability Justice Sins InvalidDisability Justice Movement Leaders: Mia Mingus, Patty Berne, Stacey Milbern, etc…Considerations regarding how houseless people may be impacted by COVID-19JOIN THE COMMUNITY:Join the community of HOL @healingoutlaod on Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook! Healing Out Lao'd is currently facilitated by one-person with amazing guests and collaborators who volunteer their time to support. Consider donating any funds if you are in the position to do so! Help Rita cover costs by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR you may make a one-time donation via PayPal. HUGE SHOUT OUTS TO:Laos Angeles Roots Members Andrew David Vilaythong for mixing/producing the beats for HOL and "mystery person" @LaosSupply for the beautiful logo design!  Support the show (
E24.2: Mother X Daughter Reconciliation (Part 2)
May 17 2020
E24.2: Mother X Daughter Reconciliation (Part 2)
E24.2: MOTHER X DAUGHTER RECONCILIATION PART 2Introducing part 2 of the Mother x Daughter Reconciliation Episode! This conversation is mediated by the one and only Wanda Pathomrit!Mother and daughter (Vilavanh and Rita) process what it means to be a “good daughter” from each of their viewpoints, what it’s like to grow up in two separate cultural value systems, and how they both will move forward in their relationship.Together, Rita and Vilavanh come to terms of what it takes to let go of old grudges, disappointment, and hurt. This has been a long time coming and both have equally shared their truths to illuminate a much overshadowed dialogue between refugee parents and their American-born children. ----------Please leave HOL a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!! KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)JOIN THE COMMUNITY:Join the community of HOL @healingoutlaod on Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook! Healing Out Lao'd is currently facilitated by one-person with amazing guests and collaborators who volunteer their time to support. Consider donating any funds if you are in the position to do so! Help Rita cover costs by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR you may make a one-time donation via PayPal AND/OR Venmo and write in the description “#HOLdonation”. HUGE SHOUT OUTS TO:Laos Angeles Roots Members Andrew David Vilaythong for mixing/producing the beats for HOL and "mystery person" @LaosSupply for the beautiful logo design!  Support the show (
E24.1: Mother X Daughter Reconciliation (Part 1)
May 10 2020
E24.1: Mother X Daughter Reconciliation (Part 1)
E24.1: MOTHER X DAUGHTER RECONCILIATION PART 1For this Mother’s Day, listen to HOL creator/host Rita reconcile the complicated relationship she has with her mother: Vilavanh Phetmixay! Throughout this episode, you will learn about the difficulty of raising children as a refugee mother in a new culture other than the one you knew and what it means to find forgiveness and move on beyond the pain and resentment caused between mother and child. This episode is dedicated to all those grieving mothers they never had/wish they had and for the mothers who are doing the best they can with what little they have. May you treat yourself a little more kindly and give your inner child that motherly love today and every day. Sending the energy you need to heal your powerful spirits! ----------Please leave HOL a 5-star rating and a positive review to help this space flourish!!! KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)JOIN THE COMMUNITY:Join the community of HOL @healingoutlaod on Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook! Healing Out Lao'd is currently facilitated by one-person with amazing guests and collaborators who volunteer their time to support. Consider donating any funds if you are in the position to do so! Help Rita cover costs by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR you may make a one-time donation via PayPal AND/OR Venmo and write in the description “#HOLdonation”. HUGE SHOUT OUTS TO:Laos Angeles Roots Members Andrew David Vilaythong for mixing/producing the beats for HOL and "mystery person" @LaosSupply for the beautiful logo design!  Support the show
#COVID19 Series, E1: Jennifer Xyooj on mask making + wellness practices from a public health lens
May 4 2020
#COVID19 Series, E1: Jennifer Xyooj on mask making + wellness practices from a public health lens
#COVID19 SERIES, E1: Jennifer Xyooj on mask making + wellness practices from a public health lensHOL would like to present to you the first episode of our #COVID19 series! In this series, we invite trusted friends/colleagues in a variety of different fields (i.e. public health, social work, etc.) to share their experiences of navigating this global pandemic and some important wellness recommendations and tips during these difficult times. For our first episode, HOL invited Jennifer Xyooj to speak about her experiences as someone with a public health background that works to support communities thrive. Jennifer identifies as a Hmong American and holds a Master’s in Public Health in Community Health Sciences and a specialization in Health Education/Promotion. As someone who is informed in the field of public health, Jennifer shares her own experiences of staying informed and how to make the best out of challenging situations. Some topics covered in this episode include: important health care precautions as advised by the Center for Disease Control, best foods to strengthen immunity, how to reduce stress through a variety of wellness practices, and her recent passions to support communities via face mask making.Tune into this uplifting conversation between Rita and Jennifer today to get a breath of fresh air during #COVID19!!! ----------Please leave HOL a 5-star rating and a positive review to support the #LaoHealingMovement flourish!!! KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE: Purchase Face Masks by JenniferCOVID-19 Pandemic How to Protect YourselfAntioxidants and Free RadicalsFoods to Boost Your Immune SystemJOIN THE COMMUNITY:Join the community of HOL @healingoutlaod on Instagram & Twitter  & Facebook! Healing Out Lao'd is currently facilitated by one-person with amazing guests and collaborators who volunteer their time to support. Consider donating any funds if you are in the position to do so! Help Rita cover costs by becoming a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod OR you may make a one-time donation via PayPal. HUGE SHOUT OUTS TO:Laos Angeles Roots Members Andrew David Vilaythong for mixing/producing the beats for HOL and "mystery person" @LaosSupply for the beautiful logo design!Support the show (
E23: HOL SZN 1 Wrap-Up [on hardships and successes of szn 1 + reflection on healing and growth in the Lao diaspora]
Jan 27 2020
E23: HOL SZN 1 Wrap-Up [on hardships and successes of szn 1 + reflection on healing and growth in the Lao diaspora]
In this wrap-up episode of HOL, Rita reflects with big sis and HOL advisor, Wanda Pathomrit, on the hardships and successes of season one! They chat about the initial expectations of HOL, what sacrifices were made in order to sustain this space, the type of feedback from listeners that shifted how content was delivered and finally touched upon some of the overall themes of fatherhood, interpersonal/intergenerational family trauma, and much much more!Tune into the last segment of this episode to listen to a poem to Rita’s older self and exciting news about a future HOL live podcast show at the end of March 2020!---------TAKE THE LISTENER SURVEY! (10 min) ---------As a brand new podcast, HOL needs your support!!! Please subscribe, give a 5-star rating, and a leave us a positive review to help us continue. KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE: HOL Advisory Board Mental Health ResourcesKitsCreativLaos Secret Civil WarSUPPORT HOL:1. Please subscribe, give a 5-star rating, and leave a positive review on the Apple Podcast app and/or iTunes to help us continue!2. Become a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod3. Make a one-time donation via this link.JOIN THE COMMUNITY:1. Follow @healingoutlaod on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.2. Peruse HOL website at www.healingoutlaod.org HUGE SHOUT OUTS TO:Laos Angeles Roots Members Andrew David Vilaythong for mixing/producing the beats for HOL and "mystery person" @LaosSupply for the beautiful logo design!Support the show
E22: Vilavanh Phetmixay (AKA “Mom”) on secretly eloping to the U.S. as an Isaan refugee + becoming a wife/mother + proving herself successful
Jan 12 2020
E22: Vilavanh Phetmixay (AKA “Mom”) on secretly eloping to the U.S. as an Isaan refugee + becoming a wife/mother + proving herself successful
MEET HOL GUEST: VILAVANH PHETMIXAY AKA “MOM” In BONUS episode 22 of HOL, Vilavanh aka “MOM” joins Rita for a conversation about secretly eloping to the U.S. with Peter at the young age of 22 and asking her family in Thailand for forgiveness much later, as they were not aware of her escape plan or her whereabouts. Since then, Vilavanh has since built a life of her own in the U.S., becoming a successful mother of four children, wife, and business woman. This episode explores the intersections of the impact of the Secret War across the countries of Laos and Thailand, the practice of loyalty to immediate family, and what it takes for a diaspora community to combine their resources to support each other in destitute situations.Today, Vilavanh works as a landlord and as a Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide to seniors and people with dis/abilities in North Carolina.---------TAKE THE LISTENER SURVEY! (10 min) ---------As a brand new podcast, HOL needs your support!!! Please subscribe, give a 5-star rating, and a leave us a positive review to help us continue. KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE: Chonburi, ThailandNong Khai Refugee CampSUPPORT HOL:1. Please subscribe, give a 5-star rating, and leave a positive review on the Apple Podcast app and/or iTunes to help us continue!2. Become a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod3. Make a one-time donation via this link.JOIN THE COMMUNITY:Follow @healingoutlaod on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.HUGE SHOUT OUTS TO:Laos Angeles Roots Members Andrew David Vilaythong for mixing/producing the beats for HOL and "mystery person" @LaosSupply for the beautiful logo design!Support the show (
E21(PART 2): Kulap Vilaysack on exploring careers in entertainment + building boundaries w/family + cultivating healthier relationships
Dec 29 2019
E21(PART 2): Kulap Vilaysack on exploring careers in entertainment + building boundaries w/family + cultivating healthier relationships
MEET HOL GUEST: KULAP VILAYSACKIn part two of episode 21 of HOL, Kulap dives deeper into her career in entertainment and Hollywood where she began in fashion/sales merchandise, then later transitioned to improv, comedy, acting, podcasting, writing, directing, and now showrunning! She also explores how her time in Los Angeles not only allowed her to heal from interpersonal family trauma, but also gave her space to build healthy boundaries around the verbal/mental abuse she endured from her parents, particularly her mom. Since then, she has worked hard on rebuilding healthier relationships with herself and her close friends in Los Angeles. Finally, Kulap shares and speaks highly of the Danielsons (her family’s sponsor), who were the first people to show her what safety can look like as a child of refugees.Today, Kulap continues to heal and is a proud mother of two loving dogs named Georgia and Molly and is married to Scott Aukerman.  ---------CONTENT WARNING:There are mentions of sensitive topics such as domestic violence, physical-harm, childhood abuse and sexual assault. Please take care of yourself before deciding to listen, fam! Resources are listed below for your various needs.DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINES: (1-800-656-HOPE/4673), and also the RAINN organization has chat services: THE LISTENER SURVEY! (10 min) ---------As a brand new podcast, HOL needs your support!!! Please subscribe, give a 5-star rating, and a leave us a positive review to help us continue. KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)CONNECT WITH KULAP:@iamkulap on Instagram@Laos_Angeles InstagramKulap Vilaysack on Facebook@kulap on Twitter REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE: Origin Story on Amazon PrimeOrigin Story on AppleUpright Citizens BrigadeBajillion Dollar Properties Who ChartedChani Nicholas QuoteSUPPORT HOL:1. Please subscribe, give a 5-star rating, and leave a positive review on the Apple Podcast app and/or iTunes to help us continue!2. Become a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod3. Make a one-time donation via this link.JOIN THE COMMUNITY:Follow @healingoutlaod on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.HUGE SHOUT OUTS TO:Laos Angeles Roots Members Andrew David Vilaythong for mixing/producing the beats for HOL and "mystery person" @LaosSupply for the beautiful logo design!Support the show
E21(PART 1): Kulap Vilaysack on creating Laos Angeles + tumultuous upbringing in Minnesota + healing in Los Angeles
Dec 29 2019
E21(PART 1): Kulap Vilaysack on creating Laos Angeles + tumultuous upbringing in Minnesota + healing in Los Angeles
MEET HOL GUEST: KULAP VILAYSACKIn part one of episode 21 of HOL, Kulap joins Rita for a conversation about how she created Laos Angeles, a community-based organization made up of the diaspora from Laos in Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Not only has Kulap found a passion for organizing such space, but shares about many other national Lao/tian diaspora orgs. This provides a truthful lens to one of the many layers of Lao/tian diaspora movement building work. In addition, Kulap shares about her tumultuous upbringing in Minnesota and how she found out her father wasn’t her real father at the age of 14 that led her to create the Origin Story documentary film. This part one of a two-part episode also dives into the various healing modalities Kulap has sought in Los Angeles to heal her inner child and break free from her own internal dialogue that reinforced her to believe she was never enough.  ---------TAKE THE LISTENER SURVEY! (10 min) ---------As a brand new podcast, HOL needs your support!!! Please subscribe, give a 5-star rating, and a leave us a positive review to help us continue. KOP JAIII LAI DERRR P'NONG!!! (THANK YOU VERY MUCH, FAM!)CONNECT WITH KULAP:@iamkulap on Instagram@Laos_Angeles InstagramKulap Vilaysack on Facebook@kulap on Twitter REFERENCED IN THIS EPISODE: Origin Story on Amazon PrimeOrigin Story on AppleLao American Writer’s SummitLaos In the House Little Laos on the Prairie Legacies of War Kinnaly Binly Phounsiri Lina LuangrathSourita Phounsiri Saengthong Douangdara Steve ArounsackTimothy Singharajah Jane ClubBrene Brown on VulnerabilityGrinberg MethodSUPPORT HOL:1. Please subscribe, give a 5-star rating, and leave a positive review on the Apple Podcast app and/or iTunes to help us continue!2. Become a monthly sustainer at patreon.com/healingoutlaod3. Make a one-time donation via this link.JOIN THE COMMUNITY:Follow @healingoutlaod on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.HUGE SHOUT OUTS TO:Laos Angeles Roots Members Andrew David Vilaythong for mixing/producing the beats for HOL and "mystery person" @LaosSupply for the beautiful logo design!Support the show