Author: Laomagination Media

2017 Lao American Writers Summit Dates Announced

Mark your calendars for Seattle. Washington state has close to 11,568 Laotians and over 2,000 Hmong; making it one of the largest Laotian communities in the states. The National Lao American Writers Summit will be convened at Highline Community College, June 23-24th 2017 (Friday & Saturday). The Fourth National Lao American Writer’s Summit will provide the space to create, mentor and support the next emerging generation of Lao American writers as well as connect them to creative leaders. During the Summit, nationally-renowned Laotian American writers will conduct workshops with participants and give rare live readings and performances together. More details will follow soon, including a website update over at www.laowriters.org. This year is being made possible by a collaboration between POM Foundation, the Lao Community Service Center (http://www.lcsc-wa.org), Highline Community College, and Seattle Lao community members. The Pom Foundation is well-known for their programming skills such as the popular Kinnaly Music and Dance Classes, Lao Cultural Exchange Program, Lao Summer Camp, and FORTE: Summer Camp Talent Show. The Lao Community Service Center (LCSC) is a non-profit …

Lao America’s 2016 Year in Review

It’s been a year of historic proportions for Lao America. We witnessed the start of the Obama’s administration renewed pivot to Laos, the continued cultural renaissance of Lao artists across the diaspora community, a surprising and unexpected U.S. presidential outcome, as well as deaths in the community looming in the air. Here’s a brief summary of some accomplishments, happenings and highlights from Lao America below to close out 2016. As 2017 approaches us in a few days, here at LLOTP, we’re committed to continuing the way in building and amplifying more diverse voices in the Lao diaspora. January Laos saw U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (as well as Ben Rhodes, the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications & Speechwriting) return to Laos to jumpstart President Obama’s pivot to Southeast Asia. This is ahead of the ASEAN Summit in California in February. Rumors surrounding Laos got so out of hand that folks at Disney actually had to step in and say that there were no plans for a Lao-edition of Disneyland, despite claims that were getting …