Lao American Spotlight: Hing D. Potter

You’ve heard the term “social justice” but what is it and why does it matter?

Participants of the Lao American Writers Summit could find out this year thanks to  Hing Potter, whose passion for it includes promoting education access, advocating LGBT rights, and elevating the voice of the Asian communities. In his workshop participants explored the foundations of social justice and its intersection with student activism, and how you can get involved without occupying space.

If you attended, what did you think, and where can we go from here? Let us know in the comments below!

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Lao American Spotlight: Simon Boonsripaisal

Simon Boonsripaisal had a question for everyone at the 2017 Lao American Writers Summit: Pai Sai?

You could answer it at his “Discovering Intersectionality” workshop. Simon is the AANAPISI Professional/Technical Educational Planner at South Seattle College and is also staff advisor for the Latinx Student Union, African Student Association, Southeast Asian Association, and a chair member of South’s Men of Color. What did you think of his presentation? Let us know in the comments, and what else you would like to know. This is a very big topic!

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Lao American Spotlight: Latana Jennifer Thaviseth

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Meet Latana Jennifer Thaviseth. She is a currently a doctoral student at UCLA and teaching assistant with the Asian American Studies Department. Her research focuses on the educational trajectories of Southeast Asian American students and she’ll taught a workshop on college/grad school applications during the 2017 Lao American Writers Summit in Seattle at Highline College!

In case you’re wondering why she might look familiar – Latana (on the right) is one of the original Kinnaly dancers – classically trained since 2001! 

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Lao American Spotlight: Kennedy EraNetik Phounsiri

Meet Kennedy EraNetik Phounsiri, a Lao-American independent recording artist & professional dancer.

His videos have over a million views total and his resume includes stints on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and as a principle member in the Jabbawockeez shows in Las Vegas & Australia. He presented a songwriting & lyricism workshop & also performed in the national Lao American Writers Summit  Lao’d REMIX showcase. What did you think of his workshop if you attended? Let us know in the comments below!

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Lao American Spotlight: Kham Sanavongsay

Kham Sanavongsay is the founder of Buatique. She is a visual artist and entrepreneur who runs her own online shop where her Lao-inspired merchandise can be seen.

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For nearly two decades she’s collaborated with other creatives in merchandising, product development and design. Kham was thrilled to meet others at the national Lao American Writers Summit, especially those who share the joy in the artistry of traditional textile. Participants could see her scarves and jewelry as part of the Lao’d Remix showcase!

If you went, what did you think of her designs, and what would you like to see next?

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SEA Language Workshops coming to MN

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The SEAD Project is excited to announce open enrollment for our 8-weeks language program offered in Hmong, Khmer and Lao. Take our fun and engaging workshops integrated with culture, history and social issues. Space is limited. Registration and details are at bit.ly/SpeakSEA.

Note: Classes are based in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. All are welcome in person but we do not have classes available online yet due to our limited capacity. However, we are accepting test students for our livestream. If interested, please email chanida@theseadproject.org.

Southeast Asian languages are available when the needs and capacity are met. Questions to info@theseadproject.org.

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Recipes for Change with Catzie Vilayphonh coming 9/21

Join multimedia artist Catzie Vilayphonh for a special evening of food and storytelling. This program, presented in partnership with the Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and The Philadelphia Commission for Women, is part of Welcoming Week. Welcoming Week is an annual series of events where communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.

Participants will sample mieng, a Lao lettuce wrap made from savory sticky rice, and hear the story of a trickster who uses mieng to teach an important lesson. This program also includes opportunities for conversation about life in Philadelphia and the unique challenges and triumphs immigrants and refugees who identify as women face and how we can foster a better community as a city.

Catzie Vilayphonh is an award-winning writer and spoken word poet. Through her work, she provides an awareness not often heard, drawing from personal narrative. A child of Laotian refugees, Catzie was born in camp, on the way to America, and thus considers herself part of the “.5 Generation”.

Tickets are $5 per person and preregistration is required via Eventbrite. Limited free admission for participants who are SNAP eligible. Please call 215-686-5323 or email kitchen@freelibrary.org to inquire about registering free of charge.

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