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Rising Advocacy: A Conversation with Laotian American National Alliance

It’s been a big summer for Southeast Asian America! Personally, I’m still on a creative high from the Lao American Writers Summit in Seattle back in June, and I am excited to hear about the amazing work that comes from some other Southeast Asian American-focused conferences this season. Namely, I’ve had my eye on the Southeast Asian American Studies Conference in Lowell, Massachusetts and the Laotian American National Alliance (LANA) Conference in Elgin, Illinois. Both of these conferences brought together Southeast Asian Americans who want to move and shake our communities forward. And I was devastated that I wasn’t able to make it to either of them. Lucky for me though, I was able to sit down and chat with LANA’s Executive Board Chair Dara Souvanna Phouma Stieglitz, as she traveled from the Jersey Shore to Elgin, IL for the LANA Conference. Dara is a passionate Lao American community builder, and you can watch me Laotian American National Alliance interview her on the LLOTP site. Thanks to the wonder of email, I was also able …

Recap in Photos: Lao American Writers Summit in Seattle

Feature photo by Dennis “Wtpho” Sikhanthat If you weren’t there, you missed another inspirational summit as fellow creatives made space for a moving dialog on the state of Lao America and the literary arts. More than 400 people gathered at the 4th Lao American Writers Summit in Des Moines area of Washington state at Highline College. Hosted by the Lao American community of Seattle and organized by local organizations POM Foundation, Kinnaly Dance Troupe, AANAPISI, and Lao Community Service Center. Check out these snippets of what happened during the two-day summit: #LAWS2017 Two-day series by Dennis “Wtpho” Sikhanthat. See the whole set on Facebook.     Black and white portrait series by Krysada Binly Panusith Phounsiri of Snap Pilots. See the whole set on Facebook. Recap video by Catzie Vilayphonh of Laos in the House   Don’t miss the next summit. Follow Lao American Writers Summit on Facebook for the latest updates or visit