All posts tagged: education

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 …

Photo Snippets: The 5th International Conference on Lao Studies in Bangkok

Wrapping up a busy year of 40th commemorative festivities across the country, Center for Lao Studies (CLS) organized its 5th internationally-known conference for the first time in Southeast Asia. The conference was this past July 8-10th, hosted by Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. Check out the photo snippets below. All photos credited to Radio Free Asia. “The conference served as a venue for scholars and community members to gather and discuss various aspects of Lao Studies. I felt like coming to a family reunion every three years, and seeing different aspects of Lao studies progressing in a positive way. The International Conference on Lao Studies is the only conference that focus exclusively on Lao Studies and I am glad to see how it has grown throughout the years.” -Vinya Sysamouth, Executive Director of Center for Lao Studies  -Staff,