Village Science would like to thank Nor Sanavongsay for his contribution of several children’s books. Nor is a Lao-American designer, illustrator, and writer who makes his home in the Bay Area of California, USA. Xieng Mieng: A Sticky Mess was a project ten years in the making for Nor, who wrote and illustrated the book, which details one of Xieng Mieng’s legendary adventures.
The stories of Xieng Mieng have transcended many generations of Lao storytelling and made the witty, comedic monk one of the most beloved folk heroes of Laos. A Sticky Mess shows the clever, young monk getting into trouble with the head of the monastery and using a bit of trickery to come out on top.
As Nor points out, “Xieng Mieng tales are particularly beloved by the Lao because of the message that one doesn’t have to be famous or wealthy to be successful in life. Anyone who’s willing to be smart can find ways to laugh and prosper, whether in ancient Laos or America.”
Nor turned to Kickstarter to get the funding for A Sticky Mess. Publishing the book was of the utmost importance to Nor because of the lack of books — particularly children’s books — that are available for Lao children. Especially true for Lao children growing up in America, they “have few opportunities to read stories reflecting their own heritage. This book is a positive step to address this.” Nor hopes to turn the stories of Xieng Mieng into a regular series, always keeping one question in mind: “what are the timeless values of our society we’d like to pass on from one generation to the next?”
Nor, ຂອບໃຈ (thank you) for your dedication to Lao culture and for your contribution to Village Science. We look forward to distributing the books and reading future stories of Xieng Mieng.