All posts tagged: Laotian

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

Pixels and Patience: An Interview with Peter Chanthanakone

 Peter Chanthanakone is a Canadian-born Lao American, and an award-winning animation director specializing in the 3D animated short film format. Many of our readers had a chance to meet him in Minnesota this year during the National Lao American Symposium and Writers Summit. Currently living in Iowa City, Iowa, he’s the founder of Pixade, as well as an associate professor at the University of Iowa. His newest animated film, Parking Gods (2015) is an official selection of the Hamilton International Film Festival. He’s traveled widely, including Iceland, South Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia and across the US. We caught up with him recently to discuss his journey and what keeps him inspired. Can you tell us a little about yourself, and your family? Where do you consider your roots in Laos, and  what’s a story of your family’s journey to the US that sticks with you? My parents were sponsored by Mennonites in Canada and worked on the farms and then in food processing and kitchen production companies. They were all bunched together with other Laotians so it’s interesting …