Alone in America, Vansana Nolintha cooked Laotian food as a way to find peace and comfort.
At the age of 12, Vansana Nolintha was sent by his parents to live with a family friend in North Carolina, leaving his family and home in Laos behind. He was sent to learn English, with his sister joining him a few years later. For them, cooking Laotian food was a unifying act, helping them find peace and comfort in a foreign land.
The brother-sister team decided to open a Laotian restaurant in Moore Square, North Carolina, with the help of the local community who has risen around the Nolinthas to help them make their dreams possible. Vansana tells their story along with his constant quest for peace and hopes to bring his parents to America to join them.