Danny Bunyavong Interview at Dirtti Laundry

Dirtii Laundry did an interview on Danny Bunyavong, but didn’t get any dirty secrete out from him, not surprise at all.  But it was a good interview, and we learn so much more about Danny now.  One of the questions that stood out to me and we’re very proud of Danny,

Dirtii Laundry: What is your proudest moment?

Danny: This might seem odd to some, but my proudest moment in modeling was booking the campaign for Abercrombie & Fitch. Being an Asian male model, it was my proudest accomplishment simply because I was told that it would never happen—and I believed it too.

To read the interview:  Danny Bunyavong Has to be Every Girls Dream



  1. p’Nye,

    Thank you so much once again and after doing the interview I felt proud and happy. Danny is was amazing. Something we’d never thought we’d encounter. We have the utmost respect for Danny that we usually never have for anyone.

    I’m glad I had the opportunity to do the interview.

    • julie, you’re welcome and thanks for the great interview, I couldn’t have made the big ‘Splash’ like you guys did. 🙂

  2. Interesting interview and thanks for sharing… If I didn’t read the interview, I would think he is Laotian by his last name. I actually knows somebody with last name Bounyavong, but I guess his last name spell Bunyavong.

  3. So he’s really Thai. Hmm…. Thai-Lao-Issan history is so confusing. I think I gotta go ask my Momma again about it.

    My grandma, my Mom’s Mother is born and raised in Thailand, but we’re Lao… so Hmm… I dunno anymore. lol

  4. seeharhed and lady0fdarkness, he is my nephew, my older sister’s son. My mom was 100% Thai and my dad is 50% Chinese and 50 % Thai, but I was born in Laos, so I take the liberty of calling myself Lao and write a Lao blog, I like being Laotian, I hope you all don’t mind. His father side is Thai/Chinese. Here I feel bad posting his pictures at my blog and not giving the reason why.

  5. I’m still confused over this whole “Danny’s last name sounds Laotian, not Thai thing.”

    I was thinking about this all day .. lol

    Bunyavong can be said in different ways depending on your dialect or how you would spell it. Sometimes the “V” will be pronounced as a “W” in Asian dialect. Meaning that if said in Thai or Laotian it will be “Bunyawong.” It can either be a Thai last name or a Laotian last name, depending on the dialect that it is said.

    • Julie, I think back in the days, last name used to be short, and the Vong part is obviously a Chinese name from his dad Chinese side of the family. But the Lao think that Vong is a Lao name meaning circle, but it’s actually Chinese of Sae Wong from certain province in China, that is how it is with our side of the family, my grand father came from China to Thailand.

      Our last name used to be Wong in Laos and we’re Sae Wong, and when my dad wanted to become a cop, he had to have a Lao last name, so he changed the Wong to Vong, and added another name (his father’s first name) in back of it to make it sound Laotian because Lao people have long last name, this works for us. I think Danny’s last name of ‘Bunyavong’ is a borrow name just like ours.

      In Laos and Thailand, last name changes all the time, either add on just like Thaksin Chinnawat, obviously Chinese and his original last name of Chin if I’m not mistaken, and ‘nawat’ was add on to make it sound Thai.

  6. Ahh.. Thank you p’Nye for also telling me about this information. Now we have 2 theories and getting to a point as to the origin of Danny’s last name.

    • Julie, you’re welcome, I think last name in Thailand and Laos have the tendency to change some, sometimes they change them because the fortune teller said that it brings them bad luck, just like the talk show host (I have to look up his name) that recently changed his first and last name.

  7. p’Nye,

    I know what you mean I have a friend who had to change his first name and last name. The names he had were bad luck and wouldn’t be good for him if he had a business.

    • Julie, I’m looking for that article for you, he is the host with Ole Varoute, I can’t remember his name at the moment, I’m just bad with the Thai celebrities name, there are so many of them.

  8. 5555+ p’Nye, there are a lot of celebrities out there, but thank you for finding it for me.

    We’ve talked about my father’s last name also and we think that it’s bad luck since my brothers (especially my youngest brother) is always having bad luck (he got into a car accident and almost got shot at for being at the wrong place at the wrong time) so they have been seeking out advice from the monks to see if the last name is bad luck.

    • Julie, if I find it, I’ll translate the article, it might be the next couple of days or so. When I read it I thought it was interesting.

      The whole deal about Danny’s last name gives me headache, I’m sure you too, maybe you should take it off a sticky post. Even better, perhaps Danny needs to change his last name, this would solve the problem for sure. 🙂

  9. p’Nye,

    It does give me a headache about Danny’s last name, but I think that no matter what the origin of the last name Danny will always be Danny. He feels that his Thai roots empower his Laotian roots more.

    I don’t know but when I say his last name it sounds Thai to me. I think it’s my dialect since I’m saying it “bu-ya-wong’ making the “n” silent. I think I might need to unsticky it because it’s causing quite a debate.

    • Julie, I spoke to his mom and she believed that it’s a borrowed last name, and it pronounce like a typical Lao last name, Boun Ya Vong, so not surprise that many are upset when they read that he is Thai-American, when it is so obvious that his last name is so Lao. To be honest, it sounds Lao to me also. I guess this is what they meant by bad luck, instead of seeing him as a person, they got stuck on his name and some can’t see pass that.

  10. It’s ok p’Nye, I think his Abercrombie photoshoot will make up for it. 😀

    I just think he’s a great person and I wish everyone would’ve just let it go and see how Danny is.

    • Julie, I know what you mean. Well, you know my mom side of the family, so you know that they are Thai, the younger generation, my cousins Peach and Pear can’t speak Lao Issan dialect at all I believed.

  11. Peach & Pear do understand Laotian or the Isaan dialect though. My father is from the Isaan region also, but when I talk to my cousins or aunts and uncles in Thailand they speak Thai to me and they consider themselves Thai not Isaan.

    As for my mother her father is 100% Thai and her mother is 100% Vietnamese but they both can speak Laotian also. My grandmothers family migrated from Vietnam to Laos and My grandfather was in the army and I think he became a cop also in Laos. My mother’s last name is Thai, but I took my grandmothers last name since I was the first born from my parents (I’m the favorite.. lol)

    I guess I’m like Danny. I can speak Thai and Laotian, but I can’t with Vietnamese. I can understand a bit of Vietnamese also, but when I speak I mix my Thai and Laotian since it’s a bit hard for me. I’m more fluent in English though. My father speaks Thai Isaan though and my mother being born in Laos, speaks Laotian.

    I really don’t know what to consider myself, but I do tell everyone I’m Thai-Vietnamese since the last name is Vietnamese and the majority of my ethnicity is Thai. I’ll sometimes say I’m Laotian also so people can stop asking me questions about my whereabouts.

    • Julie, I think my dad said back then they didn’t have cops, later on they took the military soldiers and for those that wanted to become a cop can be transferred, and that’s how my dad became a cop, but you’ve to be Laotian or have a Lao last name to join the military back then, I don’t know how it is now.

      I’m not sure what you’re either. Sometimes I don’t understand what is the big fuss, they didn’t make fuss over Thai celebrities, such as Weir, he is Thai Issan, did they once ever question if he was Lao, I don’t think so, they just accept him as Thai.

      As for Danny’s last name, it’s hard for his own people to accept him, that’s kind of sad, but look on the bright side, with them making that many comments, it only shows that they took interest in him, and you guys did great, that all it matters. I think Danny is better off in the US, the American industry seem to accept him as who he is, an Asian male model, they don’t question his ethnicity, but they look at his ability.

  12. You are right about Weir, P’Nye. He is of course from Khon Kaen. One of my best friend is from Khon Kaen but considers herself Thai. Anyhow, Danny is doing good for himself out here in The States. If you can make it out here in The States then you can make it big anywhere.

    • Julie, Danny and his mom are very pleased with your article btw, I spoke to her earlier today, and she said don’t worry too much about it, you guys did great. 🙂

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