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Education and Expression: An Interview with Kanya Lai

Kanya Lai is an English teacher at Nashville School of the Arts. She spends her summers traveling to exciting locales, where she usually volunteers in underprivileged schools and/or orphanages.  Her work has appeared previously in Little Laos on the Prairie, and Bakka Magazine. She joined us in Minneapolis in 2015 for the National Lao American Writers Summit where she spoke and performed her writing. We had a chance to catch up with her recently to discuss her journey and her thoughts on creating lifelong success for students. What’s a story about your family’s journey to the US that you remember the most? I was 5 yrs old when we immigrated to the states so I don’t remember too many memories from Laos. I know that the most poignant memory for me was the struggles and hardships my parents faced when we first arrived to Nashville, TN. I know that sounds like the standard immigrant story, but it is honestly what I remember most. When we first arrived here, we didn’t have a car and my dad …

Producers of PBS “We’ll Meet Again” Documentary Series Call for Reunion Stories from Laotian Diaspora

Producers of a We’ll Meet Again, a series on reunions torn by major historic events, are looking for reunion stories from the diaspora during the Vietnam War, Secret War and Laotian Civil War eras. If this is you or someone you might know, share the call below to your networks. — Separated from family by migration or war? Thrown together with a stranger during a natural disaster or emergency? Have you shared historic events with someone you’d like to see again? We’ll Meet Again is a new history series and we may be able to help you find the person you’re looking for. To find out more with no obligation, please email or call toll free on 1-888-487-2771. More details online here.