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A Community for Us, by Us: Reflections on Lao Writers Summit 2016

What a weekend. This year’s Lao American Writers Summit (LAWS) was momentous in so many ways. Taking place in San Diego, California from May 27-28, 2016, it was the first time the Summit was held outside of Minnesota, the first Summit to take place in consecutive years, and the largest gathering by far. People came in from all over the U.S. to learn and connect. Although the event was held over a weekend, the Summit officially kicked off festivities on May 12 with the opening of the official LAWS gallery titled “Intersectionalities,” curated by Catzie Vilayphonh and Sayon Syprasoeuth, featuring artwork from various Lao American artists from across the nation. The gallery and the Summit took place in the beautiful Centro Cultural de La Raza, which was the perfect venue for sharing art, making connections, and telling stories. If I were to break down some key observations from this year’s Summit, they would be: There is an ongoing need and desire for a space where Lao Americans can connect and express themselves. I attended the …

Buckeyes and Big Dreams: An interview with filmmaker Timothy Singratsomboune

One of the most exciting parts about the National Lao American Writers Summit is meeting new and emerging voices in the Lao community in diaspora, and 2016 will be no different. Coming to visit San Diego in May will be emerging filmmaker, Timothy Singratsomboune, from Ohio. We caught up with him to discuss his latest film project, “All the Way Down,” and his approach to social justice, community building and love of all things Lao. How did you develop an interest in the arts? What’s your family’s story in coming to America that stays with you the most? I’m Timothy Singratsomboune, a 24-year-old, half Lao, half white, bisexual Ohio State graduate. I’m also a racial justice activist with the Cbus2Ferguson movement – who’s heavily invested in Black and other minority liberation. I’m also excited to share my upcoming film “All the Way Down” with everyone. I’ve always been interested in telling my stories, which I feel are woefully underrepresented in any media, mainstream or indie. As the youngest of 4 siblings and a Scorpio, I don’t do well …