Lao American artists Sayon Syprasoueth and Bryan Thao Worra were interviewed at L.A. Weekly recently regarding their perspective on President Obama’s recent visit to Laos in “Obama’s Visit to Laos a Watershed Moment for L.A.’s Lao Community,” thanks to Jason McGahan. It was exciting to see our community’s journey and the complexities of the Secret War discussed in Los Angeles, which is home to so many talented and creative Lao Americans.
Sayon Syprasoeuth is a visual artist, Curator, multi-media design artist and an instructor. He currently works at United Cambodian Community as a Program Coordinator for Living Arts Long Beach, teaching students about career options in the arts through lectures, guest artist visits and by creating and making art. He volunteers ASCRIC, devoted to restoring, distributing, and implementing procedural justice for Cambodian American victims and survivors of the Khmer Gouge. His work recently was in: Asian American Literary Review, Long Beach Post, Boom Journal magazine.
Bryan Thao Worra is a Lao-American writer. He holds over 20 awards for his poetry and community leadership, including an NEA Fellowship in Literature. He is the author of 6 books with writing appearing in over 100 international publications in Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Singapore, China, Korea, Chile, Pakistan, and across the US. He is the Creative Works Editor of the Journal on Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement. His work is on display at the Smithsonian’s national traveling exhibit “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.” In 2012, he was selected to be a Cultural Olympian during the London Summer Games representing Laos. His 2013 book DEMONSTRA was selected as Book of the Year by the Science Fiction Poetry Association.