FORTY DOLLARS AND DREAM: Breaking Through The Bamboo Ceiling
Written by Niphaphone Laura Robertson
A book based on the true story of a Lao Refugee, Niphaphone "Laura" Robertson-Sanavongsay. Niphaphone was born to parents, Seme & Chita Sanavongsay. Born into homelessness and extreme poverty, Niphaphone "Laura" lived with her family in the shelters of the refugee camps of Thailand before arriving in America as a malnourished child, unable to speak English.
In her book, she uncovers her family's heart-wrenching story of escape from the communist invasion of their war-torn country, Laos. Laura walks you through growing up in a refugee household and the hardship of trying to fit in with her new norm in America. She reveals the struggle with her identity as a teenage runaway, the racism that she endured along the way, and what she overcame while chasing the American dream.
Laura's journey is only one of thousands of untold stories of refugees from Southeast Asia. Laotians, along with many other Southeast Asians, were forced to escape after the Vietnam war ravaged their homelands. Many made America their new home.
Now as a business coach, trainer, and speaker, Laura is on a mission to empower others to live a life of meaning and purpose. Laura hopes that with her book, others will share their stories, educate the world on the Southeast Asian Refugee journey, and finally let our voices be heard in the drowning noise of the racial divide that is still prevalent today.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi
Together, we can be the change that we want to see!
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