Sahtu Press has announced the pre-sale for its newest book entitled “Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers”. Suitable for all ages, it will be released in September, 2018. The story is by Vilayvanh Bender and the art is by Nor Sanavongsay.
The book seeks to model inclusion and cultural preservation, as well as encouraging intergenerational dialogues. “We like to promote multiculturalism, eating healthy and being accepting of other cultures,” said author Vilayvanh Bender in a recent press release. “Mahlee, who is a little girl central to the story, learns how differently Mommy did things as a child in Laos than Mahlee does here in America.”
Since the Lao Diaspora began in earnest in 1975, there are now 232,000+ Lao in the US. 60,000 resettled in California, with 7,000 Lao living near Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, including figures like Lao American film-maker Kulap Vilaysack and actors Leilani Chan and Ova Saopeng, and entrepreneur Thip Soulisack.
Vilayvanh Bender is a privately practicing Registered Dietitian based in Corona, California, and she is working with children and families. She migrated to America as a seven-year-old refugee girl after the Vietnam War. She is married and the mother of two children. “Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers” is based on her eldest daughter, Mahlee, and her. Vilayvanh teaches both daughters her cultural heritage through stories and activities. She enjoys outdoor activities and trying new food. Spending time with family makes her most happy.
Nor Sanavongsay is an award-winning Lao American writer based in the San Francisco Bay area and he is the founder of Sahtu Press. He has been a member of several platforms, including the SatJaDham Lao Literary Project, the National Lao American Writers Summit and the Lao Artists Festival of Elgin. He is also the author of children’s books inspired by Lao folktales, such as Xieng Mieng: A Sticky Mess. Some of his handiwork can be seen from companies like Encyclopedia Britannica, Sears, Zoosk, and Barnes & Noble among others. “Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers” is his second illustrated children’s book.
Both author and illustrator will be available to talk at schools and book clubs throughout 2019. Also, there will be discount rates for the book available for non-profits, libraries and schools.
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