58 episodes

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.

Healing Out Lao'd Rita Phetmixay

    • Society & Culture
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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

    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.  
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    CONNECT WITH SOMLIT: 
    www.somlit.com
    IG- @somlit_
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    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!!!
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    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 Vilaythong
    Logo design: Salong Namsa of Laos Supply
    Website: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)
    HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap Vilaysack
    Huge 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 (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=16105981)

    • 1 hr 9 min
    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

    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.  
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    CONNECT WITH CHRISTY: 
    Tuk Tuk Box website
    Tuk Tuk Box IG
    Courageous Kitchen
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    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!!!
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    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 Vilaythong
    Logo design: Salong Namsa of Laos Supply
    Website: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)
    HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap Vilaysack
    Huge 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 (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=16105981)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    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

    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. 
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    CONNECT WITH ANDREW @AndrewDavidV: 
    Instagram 
    Website
    Spotify -KEEP GROWING- ADV Plant Playlist
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    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!!!
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    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 Vilaythong
    Logo design: Salong Namsa of Laos Supply
    Website: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)
    HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap Vilaysack
    Huge 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 (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=16105981)

    • 54 min
    E31: #HealingTheHealer-- Stephanie Franco on writing as resistance + cultivating mental health equity for BIPOC across cali & tapping into radical imagination

    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.
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    CONNECT WITH STEPHANIE: 
    @stephaneezyy Twitter
    @stephaneezzyy Instagram 
    @werkwyphyz Podcast IG

    Website
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    REFERENCES: 
    Werk Wyphyz Podcast
    Locatora Radio Production 
    Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 
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    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!!!
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    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 Vilaythong
    Logo design: Salong Namsa of Laos Supply
    Website: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)
    HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap Vilaysack
    Huge 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 (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=16105981)

    • 57 min
    E30: Lina V Luangrath on overcoming domestic violence, finding inner liberation thru music, & meeting Lao ancestors for the first time

    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. 
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    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)
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    CONNECT WITH LINA: 
    @linavmusic Instagram
    @linavmusic Facebook
    Website
    Spotify
    YouTube
    SoundCloud
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    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!!!
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    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 Vilaythong
    Logo design: Salong Namsa of Laos Supply
    Website: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)
    HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap Vilaysack
    Huge 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 (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=16105981)

    • 1 hr 14 min
    E29: Lao Womxn Healing Circle

    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.**

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    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!!!

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    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 Vilaythong

    Logo design: Salong Namsa of Laos Supply
    Website: KitsCreativ (Tony Innouvong x La Keodouangkham)
    HOL Advisory Board: Wanda Pathomrit, Saengthong Douangdara, Kulap Vilaysack
    Huge KOP JAI to Critical Refugee Studies Collective (with assistance from JoJo Ramirez) for funding SZN2.0 episodes. 


    Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=16105981)

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
249 Ratings

249 Ratings

Gusgusmonster ,

Thank you all for sharing your stories

Thank you for sharing your personal stories and the journeys of yourselves and families. Our cultures may be different, but the messages and inspiration you share applies to so many. Thank you!

OctopiLover ,

awesome!!!

i love all the great questions and very cool topics, it shows a different side of things i wouldn’t understand and it’s very interesting

louane413 ,

Rita is a true healer

Growing up half Lao in majority-white Utah was so isolating and after my dad, who was a refugee from Laos during the Secret War, passed away due to a long-term illness he contracted in the camps turned into cancer, I felt even more disconnected from my Lao side and a large part of myself was lost for many years. This podcast has given me an opportunity to reconnect with that side, explore what it means to be Lao-American in today’s society, and has provided such an powerful reminder that we have community here, we are important, and we have and can achieve really incredible things and heal along the way. Thank you so much for providing this representation.

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