Seattle 2017

Summit Schedule

Day One: Friday, June 23rd

8:30-10:15 Registration, Lao Breakfast & Welcome

  • Khao Piak Khao – Rice Congee Soup Hosted By Lao Community Service Center
  • Welcome: Jeff Wagnitz, Highling College President
  • “Fon Ouayphon” Performed by Kinnaly Lao Traditional Music & Dance Troupe
  • Introductions with Sakuna Thongchanh
  • Housekeeping with Latana Jennifer Thaviseth & Nick Khamphilom

10:15-10:30 Keynote Speaker

  • “The Act of Lao’D” by poet/author Krysada Binly Phounsiri

10:40-11:30 Team Building Workshop

  • Getting Lao’d and Clear: Team Building Workshop by Latana Jennifer Thaviseth, PhD Student & Nick Khamphilom, UW Husky 100.

11:30-12:55  Lunch

  • Cooking With Nana & Friends Luncheon.

1:00 & 2:00 Afternoon Workshops. Each is offered at 1 and 2.

  • Being Lao’d in College & Grad School Applications: Nuts & Bolts About College & Grad School Applications with Latana Jennifer Thaviseth, PhD Student
  • Personal Statement in College Applications with Muhamed Manhsour, Admission Counselor at University of Washington
  • Getting Lao’d About Bi-Cultural Identity: Defining & Expressing Bi-Cultural Identity with Chanthadeth Chanthalangsy
  • Getting Lao’d About Intersectionality with Simon Boonsripaisal, M.Ed. Student Success Specialist, Professional Technical Advising at South Seattle College
  • Mentoring with Dr. Khamph Southisombath, University of Washington Family Medicine and Ekkarath Sisavatdy, Director of AANAPISI
  • Painting Mt. Rainier, Lao’d & Clear. Creative Painting Workshop with Sengsy
  • Writing Lao’d with Xieng Mieng: Creating Children’s Book Workshop with Nor from Sahtu Press
  • Empowering Lao’d Student Activism & Social Justice with Hing Potter, Community Outreach Specialist at Acing College – Edmonds Community College. *Only offered 2:00-2:50

3:00-4:00 Closing Activity and Remarks

~ Dinner on your own ~

6:30-8:30pm Gallery Reception with Appetizers. Lao’d Remix! An Evening of Arts, Music, & Dance with a Laotian Remix!


Day Two: Saturday, June 24th

8:00-9:10 Registration, Lao Breakfast & Welcome

  • Khao Piak Sen – Rice Noodle Soup Hosted By Lao Community Service Center
  • “Fon Ouayphon Dok Mai” Performed by Kinnaly Lao Traditional Music & Dance Troupe
  • Opening Remarks Sakuna Thongchanh and Catzie Vilayphonh

9:10-9:25 Keynote Speaker

  • “What Does It Mean To Be Lao’d and Clear?” by playwright/writer Saymoukda Vongsay

9:30-10:00 Team Building Workshop

  • Getting Lao’d and Clear! Team Building Workshop by Latana Jennifer Thaviseth, PhD Student & Ekkarath Sisavatdy, Highline College

10:00-11:00 Plenary Panel

Pioneers in Lao American Literary Publications and Movement: Paving the Way for Bicultural and Bilingual Expression

  • Khaythong Louangamath, Sieng Khaen Magazine Writer
  • Steve Arounsack, Lao Vision Founder
  • Alisak Sanavongsay, SatJaDham Writer
  • Chanida Phaengdara Potter, Little Laos on the Prairie Editor

11:00-12:00 Plenary Panel

Lao Food Movement: Defining Our Cultural Identity Through Food

  • Nana Sayavong, Cooking With Nana
  • Christina Tia, House of X Tia
  • Thip, Khok & Sahk
  • Chef Seng, video presentation
  • Screening of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown Season 8, Episode 12 Laos
  • Cool Jerk, video presentation

12:00-1:25 “Lao Lum Lunch”

  • Luncheon Hosted By Vientiane Market and Lao Community Service Center with Live Lum Music by Khuane X

1:30 and 2:30 Afternoon Workshops. Each offered at 1:30 and 2:30.

  • Writing Lao’d with Xieng Mieng: Creating Children’s Book Workshop with Nor from Sahtu Press
  • Capturing Lao’d & Clear: Portrait & Lifestyle Photography Workshop with Binly Phounsiri from Snap Pilots & Dennis Sikhanthat from Khom Photography
  • Lao’d Lum Vong: Teach Me How To Lum Vong with Kinnaly Lao Traditional Music & Dance Troupe and Special Guest Sarky Mekmorakoth
  • Lao’d Lyricism: Songwriting & Lyricism Workshop with EraNetik Kennedy Phounsiri
  • Lao American Writing: From Inspiration to the Page. In this one-hour workshop, Bryan Thao Worra will demonstrate proven creative techniques to overcome writer’s block and put together a 32-page book of poems, short stories, or your memoir to tell your family’s story in new and exciting ways.
  • Painting Mt. Rainier, Lao’d & Clear. Creative painting workshop with Sengsy

3:30-4:00 Closing Activity and Remarks

6:30-12:00pm Lao’d and Clear Closing Reception. 

  • Hosted By Lao Community Service Center (LCSC), Pom Foundation, and Kinnaly Lao Traditional Music & Dance Troupe at the Filipino American Community of Puget Sound, 103 6th Ave N, Algona, Washington 98001
  • Admission: $20 reserved seating, $15 general admission. Contact: Kayla 206-588-5180, email: info@LCSC-WA.org.
  • Food available for purchase.

Venue Note

All events will take place at Highline College 2400 S 240th St, Des Moines, WA 98198, with the exception of the Saturday night closing reception. Check out our Venue, Transportation and Lodging page for more helpful information in getting in and around the Seattle and Des Moines area of Washington.

Lao'd and Clear closing reception party