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Where are you from?

BY EMILY KOO
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 15, 2016

Emily Koo grew up in the southern-most tip of Texas, bordering Mexico, is a local of Providence, Rhode Island, and -- yes, yes -- she is also half Chinese.

In her first PechaKucha, she will tussle with her identity and first impressions in her presentation titled: "Where are you from?"

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Happiness is drawing on the Mekong riversides

BY BRUNO LE MATELOT
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 15, 2016

Born in 1911 in Port Said or in 1919 in Nantucket, Bruno le Matelot probably the illegitimate son of an officer in the German Navy and of a Swiss governess of the "Blue Line". He joined the International Brigades in 1936 in Spain, more by taste of the action and romance than by political conviction, but without even finish the naval school. Biographers lose his track during the world war to find back it in the 50s on a US base in Michigan alongside Hazel Ying Lee. He now lives in an ashram in South Asia where he is treated for severe personality disorders, but where he still paints untiringly the infinite beauty of the Mekong's riversides.

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Tea in Laos: Tasting the Landscape

BY ANNA MARIA
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 15, 2016

Anna-Maria is an architect-turned-tea-lover who started travelling Laos’ tea growing provinces with her husband and their two motorbikes, in search of open-minded producers and the tastiest leaves the magnificent landscapes have to offer. Under the name of ‘Kinnari Tea of Laos’ she is about to open a small shop-cum-tea house in downtown Vientiane. She talks about her journey in search of tea in Laos.

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Becoming Lao´s Clay Animator

BY SOULIYA PHOUMIVONG
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 15, 2016

Souliya Phoumivong's presentation is about becoming the first Lao artist to make a stop motion animation, "The first animation that I made was a figure of myself with a buffalo – one boy and one buffalo. No studio. I used the city as the studio and placed them around the city". He is the director of Clay House Studio, dedicated to developing clay animation in Laos. 

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Celebrating Differences

BY BERNARD FRANCK
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 15, 2016

Bernard Franck offers the perspectives of the people living with impairment whom he has met over the years in his work. They are each unique, and their photos are a testament to their struggles and also our common humanity. He urges us to take a step into their life, to experience life as they may experience it. 

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All of the Above: A no regrets approach to terminal cancer

BY GA RICK LEE
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 15, 2016

Ga Rick Lee shares the story of his father’s terminal brain cancer, and what happened when his family took the diagnosis into their own hands. The story is a deeply moving account about courage, perseverence, and most of all, love. 

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Eating, Drinking and Anonymous Blogging in Vientiane

BY LILANI GOONESENA
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 15, 2016

Lilani Goonesena is the blogger behind Eat Drink Laos, who is also a freelance writer and web designer. She is the nosy person who asks endless questions and shamelessly snaps photos in restaurants and at street food stalls around Vientiane. Lilani gives us a peek into the scrumptious world of food blogging in Vientiane.

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An Artist's Encounter with Lacquer

BY MARIE DO HYMAN-BONEU
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 15, 2016

Lacquer is an ancient art that is the subject of Marie-Do Hyman-Boneu's presentation. She is a French artist who has been working with vegetal lacquer since 2001, when she travelled overland from Europe to Hanoi in Vietnam. What exactly is lacquer and how does she use it in her personal creative process? Marie Do shares her practice with us in ‘An artist's encounter with lacquer.’

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Woman Hold Up Half the Sky

BY TERESA FOARD
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 15, 2016

Teresa Foard presents a selection of images of strong female role models, past and present, from around the world. She grew up around strong female role models both in her family and in the society around her, and is inspired by these examples of strong women.

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A Theatrical Life - Telling Stories

BY THIANE KHAMVONGSA
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 15, 2016

"Understanding theatre helps us to understand what it means to be human."

In A Theatrical Life - Telling Stories at PechaKucha Night Vientiane Vol. 4Thiane Khamvongsa, a Laotian playwright, director and comedian who grew up and studied in France talks about the importance of theater throughout human history and how it can positively influence our lives. 


This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, February 9th, 2017.

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Ballet, Pulp Fantastic Genre Masquerading as High Art... (or How I Got my Husband to Appreciate Ballet)

BY MATTIE DO
@ VOL 3 ON JUN 02, 2016

Mattie Do challenges the conception of ballet as high art and presents the horror film aspects of ballet. Mattie is a classically trained ballet dancer turned filmmaker living in Vientiane, Laos.

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A School from Scratch

BY MAEVE O'BRIEN
@ VOL 3 ON JUN 02, 2016

Since 2010, Maeve O'Brien has been key in the creation of the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality (Lanith) in Vientiane, Laos. Her passion lies in taking the best of Eastern and Western pedagogy and applying it to local workforce needs, using a language that is accessible to all.

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