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Thais play throughout Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The local Thai community is the focus of the next iteration of the popular “Cultures of Las Vegas” TV series and podcast.

“Cultures of Las Vegas: The Thais” airs on Clark County Television (CCTV) throughout May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Hosted by Patranya Bhoolsuwan, a former KLAS TV reporter who is owner and founder of Patranya Media LLC, the half-hour interview show focuses on the history and growth of the local Thai community, l Thai cultural influence on the younger generation and Thai cuisine, “then and now.”

“Now more Asian Americans than ever inhabit southern Nevada and that includes the growing Thai community,” Bhoolsuwan 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 it in our arts, our language and of course the food! Through this “Cultures of Las Vegas” show, Clark County gives us the space to share our unique history through the wonderful people of this community.”

Joining Bhoolsuwan for the show are John Zeigler, President of the Las Vegas Children Foundation, Nevada Assemblywoman Cecilia Gonzales, Attorney Ranee Samerthai, Onpreeya Long and Claudia Nipakorn Long of the Pong Lang Las Vegas Dance Group, Dr. Christian Giovanni of the Thai Culture Foundation, Asian and Thai newscaster Santhana Foster, Suntharee Balthazor of Sun’s Beef Jerky, Pitch Pukdee of Sun’s Thai Food, and Mark Padoongpat, author and director of Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

In addition to appearing on CCTV, the show can also be viewed on the Clark County YouTube channel at A direct link to the show: The special will also appear on county social media.

Additionally, the discussion is available on Clark County’s “Cultures of Las Vegas” podcast available for iPhone and Android.

The show will air on CCTV throughout May, including Thursday, May 5 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Friday May 6 at 4:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Saturday May 8 at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.; Sunday May 8 at 10.30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Monday, May 9 at 1 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., the CCTV schedule is available at

Previous iterations of the series have focused on the Chinese,; French,; the Germans,; the Indians,; the Irish,; the Italians,; Mexico,; Native Americans,; and Poles, CCTV has also produced similar shows, including “Celebrating Latino Contributions”,; “Asian and Pacific Influences”,; and “Legacy, History: Celebrating Black History Month,” Clark County plans to continue the series with a focus on contributions from 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. Live streaming of CCTV programming is available at CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3. One can watch CCTV on streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV through the YouTube app.


Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11th largest county in the nation and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7th busiest airport in the nation, air quality compliance, social services, and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.