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This week's PK People Spotlight lands on PKN Vientiane's organizer, Nami Ishihara, who has shared via the 20x20 format her experience growing up between Japanese and American cultures as a "Third Culture Kid". Now an organization change facilitator who loves to connect people, she believes that everyone has something original and interesting inside them, and PechaKucha is a great way to share that something special! Through organizing PechaKucha, she has found that Vientiane is a small city with a wealth of creative talent, often undiscovered. She is proud that PechaKucha Nights have invigorated the arts and social scene in Vientiane by providing a forum for people to share their ideas with each other and with the world.

Well, we smashed our attendance record at PechaKucha Night Vientiane Vol. 3 with over 160 people (and one very cute pooch!) joining us at O'Grady's Irish Pub and Restaurant last night! Thanks for the wicked turn-out Vientiane!

The event brought together 10 of the Capital's creative, innovative and talented minds: Fanglao Dance Company director and dancer Ounla Pha Oudom (Kaka), artist Jihyun Lim, writer and co-creator of Ban Apinihan Mair Hyman, third-culture kid and PK organiser Nami Ishihara, filmmaker and ballet dancer Mattie Do, participant-observer Ruth Foster, Bill Pennington from the development sector, anthropological archaeologist and Lucha Libre enthusiast Flavio Silva, co-founder of Lanith: Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality and local rockstar Maeve O’Brien, and CSArchitectes' Somphonsack 'Toun' Phayouphorn, to share their ideas with the community. 

Presentations spanned childhood memories, art and architchture portfolios, the history behind Lucha Libre, elephant foot yam farming in Burma, ballet vs horror films, and a personal tour of the statues of Vientiane. 

Special thank yous to O'Grady's for letting us take over their bar for the night, TOH LAO Coworking Space & Services, and our Vol. 3 poster designer Nilada Ratanavong of Maison Matilda Café & Living.

Here's some snaps from last night, taken by PKNV co-organiser Kate Antonas. More photos on our Facebook


Vol. 3 speakers 
Back L-R: Flavio Silva, co-organiser Sabine Scharfe, Bill Pennington, Maeve O'Brien. 
Front: Ji Hyun Lim, Nami Ishihara, Mattie Do, Ruth Foster, Mair Hyman. 
Missing: Ounla Pha Oudom and Somphonsack 'Toun' Phayouphorn