Thursday, March 13, 2014

Bryan Thao Worra calls for Lao Writers to "Ratchet Things Up A Notch"

This week, Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra posted on his blog, "On The Other Side Of The Eye" that it was time for Lao American writers to "Ratchet things up a notch." 

He cited a recent conversation with Saymoukda Vongsay, saying that "as Laotian Americans, we need to ratchet things up a notch, not only within Lao science fiction, fantasy and horror, but in all of our books."

He said: "As proud as I am of Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals, Nor Sanavongsay's A Sticky Mess, my own DEMONSTRA, and so many others, I also know we can do better. Many of our recent films are in the same boat. As we approach the next horizon, mediocrity needs to be stomped on. Hard."
He goes on to discuss other key issues Lao American writers are facing, even with their success, closing with:  "This is a hard critique to write, but we owe it to ourselves and to our readers to hold ourselves to the highest standards. We may not always hit J.K. Rowling or Stephen King numbers, but when we create, we must do so passionately to the very limits of our abilities. It must be breathtaking in its risk, it must be an experience to encounter. We should never settle for less."

"Our very future depends on it," he says. But what do you think? Is he right on the money? Or are we doing fine with our current progress creating a Lao American literary tradition?

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