Hosted by Lao American Advancement Organization (LAAO), the 2017 Annual Lao Education Conference will connect Lao American youth who are prospective college students with leading scholars, artists and community builders to discover the opportunities ahead of them and how to succeed. Among those presenting will be Sahtu Press author and founder Nor Sanavongsay.
Sanavongsay is a Lao American artist based the San Francisco Bay area and the founder of Sahtu Press. He has been a leading figure with the SatJaDham Lao Literary Project, the National Lao American Writers Summit, the Lao Artists Festival of Elgin, among many others. He’s also the author of children’s books inspired by Lao folktales, such as Xieng Mieng: A Sticky Mess. Some of his handiwork can be seen from companies like Encyclopaedia Britannica, Sears, Zoosk, and Barnes & Noble among others.
He was born in Mukdahan, Thailand during the last days of the Civil War in Laos, and came to the US when he was 4 years old. His family initially lived in Kingsport, TN before moving up north to Elgin, IL which was deeply influential on the next directions his life took. A graduate of Elgin High School, he studied Art and Design at Northern Illinois University. He believes great things can be achieved when you set your mind to it. Failure is a part of the journey. He founded Sahtu Press as a not for profit publishing company based in Dublin, CA. Sahtu Press aims to publish and promote enduring contemporary Lao American literature and to create academic and grassroots learning opportunities.
ALEC is a one-day event, Friday, March 10 at 9 AM – 4 PM and will be held at CSU Sacramento at 6000 J St, Sacramento, California 95819. Registered participants will learn more about where to go once they arrive on campus. ALEC is a free conference for all middle and high school Lao American students! Registration is required to attend ALEC. It’s particularly designed for students in the Sacramento City Unified School District or Twin Rivers Unified School District.
Other confirmed speakers include web-developer and project manager Emmaly Manchanthasouk, Tony Ouk, a Silicon Valley business manager. and tech start-up founder Sysamone Phaphon.
A non-profit, Lao American Advancement Organization coordinates the ALEC (Annual Lao Educational Conference), the Sabaidee Pbeemai LAO FESTIVAL at CalExpo and the LAAO Scholarship & Culture Night Banquet.