Please, take off your shoes and join us.
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
We are proud to announce the opening of our very gallery first exhibit "Laos in the House: Voices from Four Decades of the Lao Diaspora" running March 6 - May 1, 2015 at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. For opening reception and gallery details, read here.
Here are the artists & special guest participants of Laos In The House. More names to be added as we get closer to our May 2015 event date!
A freelance photographer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area Khampha also covers a wide spectrum of assignments as a photojournalist, notably the war in Iraq, the Asian tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
A high energy and engaged emerging Laotian American artist, Chantala is both a visual and musical artist.
A digital photographer based in Philadelphia and New York, Nema is not Laotian, but half Persian half American, which he credits for giving him an eye for highlighting diversity.
An award-winning filmmaker, "Thavi" is best known for the critically-acclaimed autobiographical documentary film The Betrayal (Nerakhoon).
The mission of Legacies of War is to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advoca...
Creative Director of Laos In The House, Catzie is also an award-winning spoken word poet and writer. Her poem "Laos In The House" is the inspiration for this project.
Refugee Nation is about a young generation struggling to understand their history and th...
An independent filmmaker from, "Kham" is part of Lao New Wave Cinema, formed by a group of aspiring young filmmakers in Laos to make the first thriller drama film in Lao film history.
Nor is the founder of Sahtu Press, Inc., a nonprofit publishing company. He writes and illustrates children’s books but also designs awarding winning user interfaces.
Shira explores how design in public space interacts and effects the life in the city and how art can engage communities throughout the city. Shira has completed eighteen murals in Philadelphia through the City of Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program. In addition she has created a series of seven lunch trucks focusing on identity, immigration and work.
A poet, playwright, and "artivist", Saymoukda aka "Mooks" believes in giving voice to the Southeast Asian Diaspora and continues to explore and share these narratives through poetry and theater.
An award-winning poet, short story writer, playwright and essayist, Bryan Thao Worra is the author of 6 books and his pr...
Peter is an award winning director and producer specializing in 3D animated short films. He has won numerous film festiv...
“I’m not the voice of the Lao. I give the Lao a platform to share their voice.” Chanida Phaengdara Potter is a commun...
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. 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?
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, exhibition materials, and venue accommodations. We also accept in-kind donations, so if you are interested in donating space or services, get in touch using the contact form at the bottom.
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Got any ideas or suggestions on how to help spread the word about Laos In The House? Want to get involved? Got a story to tell? We'd love to hear from you!