Bounxeung Synanonh receives National Heritage Fellowship

The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Bounxeung Synanonh of Fresno, was selected to receive a National Heritage Fellowship award. Bounxeung Synanonh lost his sight at the age of 15, but learned to play the khaen from elders in his hometown of Savannakhet, Laos, before coming to the United States after the Laotian Civil War.

Over the last 34 years, only four other Lao in the world presently hold this distinction: Master weaver Bounxou Chanthraphone (2000), needleworkers Mone and Vanxay Saenphimmachak (1993) and singer Khamvong Insixiengmai (1991)

The National Heritage Fellowships are presented only to artists who embody the highest standards of artistic excellence, and are given to support their continuing contributions to the traditional arts heritage of the United States.

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