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Bringing together Lao Americans in continuing their cultural legacy through storytelling and the arts.
Please, take off your shoes and join us.
Indeed a culture survives when it has enough confidence in its past and enough say in its future to maintain its spirit and essence through all the changes it will inevitably undergo.Wade Davis
Laos In the House will be presenting national artists for the very first time in Philadelphia. Lao Americans of various backgrounds from across the country will exhibit work in mediums of poetry, theater, film and fashion, reflecting over 40 years in diaspora. This integration of storytelling with art and performance will engage community members to share their own personal stories, while adding their voices to the larger collective narrative that makes us uniquely Lao American.
Here are some of the artists & special guest participants of Laos in the House. More names added as we reach our May 2014 fundraising goal date!
Thavisouk "Thavi" Phrasavath is an award-winning filmmaker. He is best known for the critically-acclaimed autobiographic...
Creative Director of the Laos in the House Project, Catzie Vilayphonh is also an award-winning spoken word poet and writ...
Refugee Nation is about a young generation struggling to understand their history and th...
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a Lao American poet, playwright, and artivist. Her literary, theater, and advocacy wor...
The mission of Legacies of War is to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advoca...
An award-winning poet, short story writer, playwright and essayist, Bryan Thao Worra is the author of 6 books and his pr...
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.
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. And while living in the U.S. has given us the 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.
Laos In The House invites you to share your story with us, to be shared in a digital archive, and so that others can learn and be inspired too. Because if you don't tell it like it's supposed to, then who will?
The Laos In The House Project is made possible thanks to generous donations. It started with a $25K Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, but we still need your support to reach our goals! Funds donated to this project are tax-deductible, and will help with the cost of travel for artists, as well as exhibition materials, and venue accommodations for community events. We also accept in-kind donations, so if you are interested in donating space or services, please get in touch using the contact form at the bottom.
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