Friday, March 12, 2010

Small and Simple Things project #4

We have Relief Society Meeting coming up in May. I'm calling it "The Jewels that Journeyed to Join us." It will be all about the Asian sisters in our ward, their history, culture, journey here, and their conversion to the gospel. I want to have the bulletin board up ASAP so I painted the maps tonight.
Fun facts: Laos (where most of them lived before here) is about the size of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Connecticut put together. It is a land-locked country that shares a mountainous border with Vietnam. After the Vietnam conflict a lot of people who helped us over there were forced to flee Vietnam and live in the mountains of Laos. These people have finally been able to immigrate here.

It is an honor to know some of them.
P1010825.jpg picture by teljchall
Update: The board is up, so I'm adding pictures of the finished thing.
I strung silver strands from different locations
in Laos to here and along them are the words and "jewels."
Big thanks to Bobbi for supplying the beautiful letters,
couldn't have done it without her!
P1010857.jpg picture by teljchall
P1010858.jpg picture by teljchall
This is the-one-and-only-me dressed up in the traditional "Red Haired Hmong" New Year Clothes. I thought it was a joke, but apparently this is a real sub-culture and my friends happened to have the clothes. The ladies with me are young Hmong ladies that dance together. They are in "White Hmong" clothes and were very good.
Hmong.jpg Hmong dancers and I picture by teljchall
I got a new name last night and everything, "Xob Liam" (said so-la, don't ask me what happened to the letters b and m...) which means "thunder," just like Thora does. I love being called Sister Xob Liam. It was the most fun I have had in ages. Oh, and Mom, you think chicken is good in a coconut milk soup? Try shreaded bamboo. I'm going to have to go to Sister Moua's house to learn to make it, just so I can tell you how.


AutismPsyD said...

Just like you, to reach out to the one. Sooooo very proud of you, sis. Looking forward to hearing how the gals responded to it. I might suggest it to our RS pres, too. Even though we only have one non-USA native, many come from outside our little nook of NY.

Thora said...

Well, it wasn't my idea really. It was something the RSP thought of. Now I've just got to think of things for the other activities this year.

Bobbi said...

I really didn't do much. Just Mailed you some letters!

JerieH said...

That really looks great! I like the gems on the string... What a clever idea.

And Bobbi you had to cut the lettering out too!

AutismPsyD said...

Ooh, you would mention Tom Ka Gai...! Now I have to go make some for my lunch tomorrow! A friend found some lemon grass for me, can't do without it now. Shredded bamboo? Not just little strips of it like come in the cans? CAN'T WAIT for the recipe!

You look great in the official wardrobe of Sister Xob Liam! Looks like it was a VERY successful evening. Well done, Bobbi, on the letters!