Amphone Sengchanh of the Lao-American Society of Atlanta, Georgia, talks to VOA about his community's participation in the 11th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Race. Though competing for the first time, the Lao-American teams managed to grab second and third places. The Lao community participation added to the fun, excitement, and richness of the festival.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat race is an exciting event held on the second weekend of September of each year at Lake Lanier, Georgia. The purpose is to promote one of the oldest traditions in China. For a city of over 4 millions comprising of many different ethnicities in the Atlanta Metro area, witnessing such a beautiful and rich culture is an eye-opening experience for those that come to see. The race is designed so that everyone can participate. It is split in categories. Each category would consist of teams representing professional and non-professional community, community organizations, large and small corporation from all over Atlanta and beyond.
You can go to www.kclc.org for more details and results of the race. For a great visual, go to www.b-vong.com and www.lasga.org.
Listen to our Lao Diaspora report on the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Race for more details.