The local Thai community is the focus of the next iteration of the popular TV and podcast series The Cultures of Las Vegas.
“Las Vegas Cultures: Thais” is shown on Clark County Television (CCTV) throughout May, which is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Guest moderated by Patranya Bolsuwan, former KLAS TV reporter and owner and founder of Patranya Media LLC, the half-hour interview program focuses on the history and growth of the local Thai community, Thai cultural influence on the younger generation and Thai food, “then and now.”
“Now more than ever, Asian Americans consider southern Nevada their home and this includes the growing Thai community,” Bolswan said. “We all have different reasons for wanting to live here, but at the same time, we also share a common thread. Thai culture is rich and you see that in our arts, our language and our food of course! I am grateful that with this Las Vegas Cultures show, Clark County is giving us the space to share Our unique story through the wonderful people in this community.”
Bolswan will be joined on the show by John Ziegler, President of the Las Vegas Children’s Foundation, Nevada Society member Cecilia Gonzalez, attorney Rani Summerthai, Onpria Long, Claudia Nippakorn Long of Bong Lang Las Vegas Dance Group, and Dr. Christian Giovanni of the Thai Culture Foundation. , Asian-Thai news anchor Santana Foster, Sunthari Baltazor of Sun Beef Jerky, Beach Bokdi of Sun Thai Food and Mark Padungpat, author and director of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Besides appearing on CCTV, the show can also be watched on Clark County’s YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/ClarkCountyNV. Direct link to the show: https://youtu.be/6u_n6WWxeEg. The special will also appear on the county’s social media channels.
Furthermore, the discussion is available on Clark County’s “Las Vegas Cultures” podcast available for iPhone and Android devices.
The show will air on CCTV throughout the month of May, including Thursday, May 5 at 1-6pm; Friday, May 6 at 4:30 a.m., 3 and 11 p.m.; Saturday May 8 at 11am and 9pm; Sunday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Monday, May 9 at 1, 8:30 a.m., 2:30, and 11:30 p.m. The CCTV schedule can be found at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Previous iterations of the series focused on the Chinese language, https://youtu.be/wSXlaLr20eA; French, https://youtu.be/l53oPCatW7k; The Germans, https://youtu.be/a7EerPFA954; Indians https://youtu.be/oh2J9AFzQXk; Irish, https://youtu.be/Fu5OcnTlGy4; The Italians, https://youtu.be/FA-X8QB_c3A; Mexico, https://youtu.be/jyl96aqwjUk; Native Americans, https://youtu.be/jDbBr0cCi0k; And the Poles https://youtu.be/UOz5qjA6jNA. CCTV has also produced similar shows, including, “Celebrating Latin Contributions,” https://youtu.be/6OcrX1ywDHw; “Asian Pacific Impacts,” https://youtu.be/8X3EIlvufME; and “Legacy, History: Celebrating Black History Month,” https://youtu.be/1hmHSrqooyA. Clark County plans to continue the series, focusing on the contributions of local ethnic groups.
CCTV is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4 on Cox Cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. The live broadcast of CCTV programming is available at https://www.youtube.com/user/ClarkCountyNV/live. CCTV is also available in Boulder on Channel 4 and in the Moaba Valley on Digital Channel 50.3. One can watch CCTV on streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV via YouTube app.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing high quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. Clark has jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covers an area the size of New Jersey, is the 11th largest in the country and offers extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors annually (2019). This includes the country’s seventh busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services, and the state’s largest public hospital, the University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services traditionally provided by cities to one million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.