My partner brought an item in which I am unfamiliar to, it reminds me of a miniature flag as the dimensions of it are 4 inches by 6 inches. The colors it is painted are gorgeous as one is a primary color; red and the other is a secondary color; orange as well as the colors sliver and gold. The quality of this item is very rich as you can tell the maker of it used thick quality fabric in order for it to withstand many events; wear and tear, other everyday handling. At first glance the item looks as if it could be placed in a car possibly under the rear view mirror, so that it could be shown off to bystanders. The reason I believe this is true is because it has a suction cup at the end of the beautiful gold wired strings. The suction cup can be taken off and the gold string can be used as a flag in a parade by wrapping it around a straw or small colored stick. It has the word Laos written across the front and back. I am sure this is the name of a country and possibly Kathy’s origin country or at least her elder family, I’ve seen this name once before which was in my Advanced Placement World History class. I wonder what’s the history on this country as we spent less than half a class period discussing it. I’m by far intrigued with this item and would love to know more about it and the actual meaning it has to my fellow peer.
Phajja: The object you brought in is it meaningful to you and your family or just you?
Kathy: My family holds it near and dear to our heart.
Phajja: Does it have something to do with your ethnicity?
Kathy: Yes, it represents the country I’m from which is Laos.
Phajja: Can it be reproduced or recreated?
Kathy: Yes, this flag I have represents the freedom flag which is ironic because my country actually has a communist form of government.
Surprisingly, I was right about my initial guess the item Kathy brought in was a flag that has a lot of meaning to her and her family. The flag represents freedom which is ironic because the country Laos has a communist form of government located in Southeast Asia. She stated that the flag is a reminder not to take things for granted, as she is grateful she did not have to experience what her parents did because they brought her to the United States.