Our Mission

Bringing together Lao Americans in continuing their cultural legacy through storytelling and the arts.

saungincamp_lith_words Documenting generational tales about life before, during, and after Laos to America. Check out our online digital archive The Laos In The House Stories Board.  All stories welcomed.
monksatexhibit_lith_words A gallery exhibit featuring visual work by Lao artists weaving the story of Lao American diaspora. Our first show "Laos In The House: Voices from Four Decades of the Lao Diaspora" opened this in May in Philadelphia.
bryanspeaking_lith_wordsHighlighting prominent Lao American artists, both traditional and contemporary, who work with the local community in telling our stories and sharing their work through performance.


Please, take off your shoes and join us.

Among the colors, haunting memories of 'Secret War'... the exhibit is a visceral lesson in how America's war in Vietnam crept into neighboring Laos and other parts of Southeast Asia.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Our very gallery first exhibit "Laos in the House: Voices from Four Decades of the Lao Diaspora" opened this year from March 6 - May 1, 2015 at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia.

View The Gallery Here

Meet The Artists

& special guest participants of Laos In The House.


When you come from something called "The Secret War" you don't get to tell your story the way others can because half of what you might tell may have been propaganda or else classified secret.

--Bryan Thao Worra

The Stories Board

Your Story, Our History.

The history of Lao America is one that hasn't been properly documented. The aftermath of Laos' Civil War, Vietnam War and U.S. Secret War in Laos makes that chapter hard to remember, or easy to forget - depending on who you ask. While living in the U.S. has given us opportunity for new lives, future generations are left asking questions about a past they can't find in their parents photo album nor their school textbooks. We've been here for 40 years, yet many are unaware of who we are.

Green card pictures. Elementary grade translations. Your summer "job". Overnight gambling parties. That gang phase. Making up words in "Englao". How many peppers you can take in your papaya salad.

As Lao we know we are different, growing up here was a constant reminder of that. Some of us settled pretty easily with American culture, while others held firm to continue age-old traditions. That was always our struggle, balancing our Lao heritage with our American identity. Regardless of our outcomes, our names, or our citizenship status, we remain proud of who we are even if we didn't quite fully know where, when or how exactly we got here. Each of our stories is unique yet revealingly reflects the Lao American diaspora that makes us, khon Lao.

We invite you to share your story through our online digital archive, the Laos In The House Stories Board, so others can learn and be inspired too. Because if you don't tell it like it's supposed to, then who will?

Submit Your Story

Thank You

Laos In The House would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors and support of our partners. We thank them and would like to acknowledge them for their contributions. Check 'em out!


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