All posts tagged: Channapha Khamvongsa

10 Lao Diaspora Women You Should Know in 2018

It’s not every day that there’s a holiday celebrating the greatness that’s women. #InternationalWomensDay is celebrated in almost every country in the world except for America– surprise! Not only should you acknowledge the great women in your life right before your eyes; but learn from the inspirational shakers and movers in our community who have blazed trails and opened pathways for others along with them. You may be lucky enough to know some of them and even luckier to have worked with them. These are women who have done inspiring work to lift their field and communities with them and we know they’ll continue to put us in awe throughout 2018. This isn’t an exhaustive list and no particular order, but it’s a great teaser. Keep watch, Lao America. Catzie Vilayphonh runs Laos in the House out of Philly doing cultural productions and storytelling. She’s a spoken word artist who was half of the now-retired badass duo, Yellow Rage. Channapha Khamvongsa leads Legacies of War out of DC, pressing our top officials to up the budget and …

Lao-Diaspora-of-the-Week: Channapha Khamvongsa

LLOTP continues our brief feature series, introducing you to the creatives and organizers of the Lao American Writers Summit 2016. Meet Channapha Khamvongsa, the Lao American trailblazer leading Legacies of War, an organization addressing the UXO issue in Laos. She is one of the keynote speakers at the Lao American Writers Summit, this May 27-28, 2016. Who are you? I was born in Vientiane, raised in the U.S. and travel in between many worlds. I lead Legacies of War and follow all good things to eat and cook. Describe in detail your favorite Lao dish. I like pun because I like to (w)rap while I eat. When you tell someone your ethnic background, what’s their first reaction? Where is that…usually followed by…is that a city in a country that is NEVER Laos. In three words, why people should attend the Lao American Writers Summit in San Diego? Seek inspiration? Mahder. Learn more about Channapha’s work at Meet Channapha and other community builders at the next Lao American Writers Summit, this May 27-28, 2016. Seats are limited, register here.