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Saengmany Ratsabout

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Department Affiliations

  • Immigration History Research Center
  • Institute for Global Studies
  • Association for Asian American Studies

Educational Background

  • M.L.S., Liberal Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Expected 2014        
  • M.A., Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2006
  • Advanced Lao Language Studies, Southeast Asian Summer Studies Institute,
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 2006
  • B.A., Anthropology, Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud, MN, 2004
    Minor: Ethnic Studies

Publications

  • Ratsabout, Saengmany. “Continuity and Changes of Buddhism from Old State to New State of Lao People’s Democratic Republic.” Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Lao Studies. Arizona State University. Ed. Karen L. Adams and Thomas John Hudak. Tempe: Southeast Asia Council, Center for Asian Research, 2010. 209-235. Print

Selected Paper and Presentations

  • Ratsabout, Saengmany, et. al. Linking Community Resources and Wisdom: A New Approach to Substance Abuse Cultural Diversity: African Americans, American Indians, Hispanic/Lanino, Southeast Asians, Seniors.  Presented at the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health Conference. Minneapolis, MN 2009
  • Ratsabout, Saengmany. Continuity and Changes of Buddhism from Old State to New State of Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Paper presented at the International Conference on Lao Studies. Arizona State University. Phoenix, AZ. 2007
  • Ratsabout, S., Mathavongsy, K, and Sayavong P. The Educational Attainment of Laotian Americans. Presented at the International Conference on Lao Studies. Phoenix, AZ. 2007
  • Ratsabout, Saengmany. Buddhism, Kingship, and Symbols in Laos. Presented at the Southeast Asian Summer Studies Institute 2006 Student Conference. University of Wisconsin, Madison. Madison,WI. 2006
  • Ratsabout, Saengmany. Hmong Migration: Hmong Refugee from Wat Thamkrabok, Thailand: Ethnic Studies Minor Senior Seminar Paper. Saint Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. 2004
  • Ratsabout, Saengmany. The Vessantara Festival and Its Role in Bridging Cross-Generational Gap in the Lao Community of Minnesota: Bachelor of Arts Thesis. Saint Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. 2003

Professional Activities

  • The Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia Studies Group (TLC) Riverside, CA
    Active Member, December 2006 - Present
  • Center for Lao Studies, San Francisco, CA
    Executive Board Member-Secretary, December 2007 - September 2012
  • Saint Paul Foundation-Spectrum Trust-Asian Pacific Endowment Fund, St. Paul, MN
    Advisory Committee Board Member, February 2008 - February 2011
  • Laotian American National Alliance, Washington, DC
    Board Member-Program Chair, October 2006 - March 2009
  • Minnesota Lao Community Council, Minneapolis, MN
    Committee Member and Event Coordinator, October 2004 - September 2005

SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Awarded Tuition Fellowship from the Center of Southeast Asian Studies for the study of Advance Lao Language at Southeast Asian Summer Studies Institute (2006)
  • Awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for the study of Advance Lao Language at Southeast Asian Summer Studies Institute (2006)
  • Awarded Advance Opportunity Fellow (AOF) fellowship: Granted to those who demonstrate high academic achievements (2005 - 2006)
  • Director’s Award - Multicultural Students Services annual award banquet: In recognition of exceptional leadership and contributions to the students at Saint Cloud State University (2004)