Our Work


Empowering Southeast Asian diaspora communities.


Started in 2010, The SEAD Project (Southeast Asian Diaspora Development) is a creative social organization on a mission to be an accessible community hub that provides streamlined cross cultural workshops, exchanges and knowledge-sharing for Khmer, Hmong, Lao and Vietnamese diaspora communities. Through safe and welcoming spaces, we hope to drive empowerment to plant the seeds of hope and possibility, locally and globally. Since 2015, SEAD is a legally recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Vientiane, Laos (Ban Phon Village, Phone Hong District).


To be a facilitating vehicle for meaningful development for Southeast Asian Diaspora communities in MN (Hmong, Khmer, Lao and Vietnamese)


  • Language & Culture 101 (Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Vietnamese): A full course for beginner-level speakers of a SEA language who want to learn beginner-level reading/writing/speaking; integrated with an introduction to history, social issues and culture.
  • SEA History, Culture and Social Issues Pop-Up Workshops: Theme-based topics in history, geography, classics, literature, art, food and social justice/human rights.
  • Diaspora Community Engagement Events: One-time opportunities that directly connect SEA young professionals with culturally-based workshops, conversations and events (SEAD hosted or with collaborative partners)
  • Little Laos on the Prairie Blog: Amplifying Lao diaspora narratives since 2011.

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