All posts tagged: Legacies of War

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.

December 5th: Legacies of War and friends hosts “Laos in NYC” event

If you’re in the New York City area, don’t miss what is quite arguably the Lao’dest international affair in the city on Saturday, December 5th. With the majority of attendees from the Lao American community, over 200 people are expected to show up in fashion at Legacies of War’s “Laos in NYC: Fashion Meets Philanthropy”, the most anticipated fundraising and UXO awareness event of the year at NYC’s Civic Hall. Hailing strong collaboration with some Lao American heavy-hitters such as delicious eats from Chef Phet of the acclaimed Khe-Yo to the creative eyes of Monica Phromsavanh of ModaBox. There’ll be old and new friends of Legacies, coming from all sectors, from over 10 states, and Canada and Laos. We chat with Channapha Khamvongsa, Legacies of War’s Executive Director and organizers about the significance of the event as the Lao community’s 40th commences. On the idea of fashion, food and philanthropy: We’ve all admired and respected each others’ work over the years and it was finally just the right time to collaborate. And it’s been really fun and meaningful to work closely together. Some of us have this shared history and understanding as …