All posts tagged: Lao American Writers Summit

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 …

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 legaciesorwar.org. Meet Channapha and other community builders at the next Lao American Writers Summit, this May 27-28, 2016. Seats are limited, register here.