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My Place in Vientiane

BY KATHRYN SWEET
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 14, 2017

Kathryn Sweet, a long-term resident of Vientiane, considers her relationships with people, places, and memories as she locates her place in this community. Those who inhabit her everyday life (including cats), those remembered and encountered, provide a sense of belonging.

 

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Matryoshka's Secret

BY CRISTINA SZEMERE ENDERLIN
IN VIENTIANE

Cristina Szemere Enderlin weaves us a story that takes us into the world of a young woman coming through adolescence. This talk is a true feast for the senses with each hand-painted slide illuminating the beautiful story of this young woman. Listen as she moves from spaces inside her mind, to the world around her, through memories and into forests of fear and fantasy.

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Global Peace

BY MICHAEL BODDINGTON
IN VIENTIANE

Michael Boddington shared with us his vision for a peaceful future. He explained his standpoint through his many experiences, specifically through his work to eradicate the remnants of war that are the unexploded ordinances that continue to cause devastation throughout south-east asia and especially Laos. It was inspiring to hear his solutions to the problem of war and poignant in that he asked us to 'start with ourselves'.

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Journey of a Lao Entrepreneur

BY KEOVISOUK DALASANE
IN VIENTIANE

Keovisouk Dalasane’s presentation took us on his journey as a Lao entrepreneur. He told us of the changing economic climate in Laos and specifically in Vientiane the capital. He explained how he recognised the need for a unified jobs board and thus created 108.jobs, the most well known job site in Laos. Keo encouraged other Lao nationals to get into business and spoke about how he has been able to create jobs for Lao people and give back to the community.

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Riding the Buffalo

BY DAVID SMITH
@ VOL 6 ON MAY 25, 2017

David Smith used his incredible images gathered over 15 years of living in Laos, as well as his great sense of humour, to showcase some special moments in time. For each image David has a story, there are no anonymous characters here. David shows us an intimate vision of Laos life through the lens of an expat and admirer.

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In search of Wildcats in NEPL

BY AKCHOUSANH RASPHONE
@ VOL 6 ON MAY 25, 2017

Akchousanh Rasphone gives us the rare gift of being able to see deep into the Lao jungle. Akchou’s research took her in search of wild cats in the Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area. She set “camera traps”, activated by movement, to record the species in the area. Laos is not a huge country, and everyone in the audience was astounded at the incredible animals that roam not too far from us in the North - from large and small wildcats, to bears and birds and even the sad incidence of poachers - Akchou’s presentation is an educational wonder.

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Print and Trace (impression et souvenir)

BY VIRGINIE FAIVRE DARCIER
@ VOL 6 ON MAY 25, 2017

Virginie Faivre DArcier showed us how she prints dreams. She told us the story of how she takes the intangible and makes it tangible. Her print and exhibition art has been inspired by living in South East Asia for more than 15 years. She shared with us images and objects of significance and beauty in what felt like a behind-the-scenes look at the landscapes and moments that have inspired her printmaking designs.

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High as a kite on a bike - in Nepal

BY BEN SWANEPOEL
IN VIENTIANE

Ben Swanepoel told us of his journey by bike to the mountains of Nepal. He showed us beautiful images of stunning but difficult terrain and told us of his turmoil at having to change his plans and turn back. Ben’s journey showed us how the unplanned route can surprise and delight.

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Tyson Pizza

BY TYSON LEE
@ VOL 6 ON MAY 25, 2017

Tyson Lee tells us his family story, originating in Laos, leading to a Thai refugee camp and eventually to an upbringing in Canada. Tyson shows us the life he and his father have had and how it has culminated in bringing them back home to Laos to start Tyson Pizza in Vientiane.

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Lao Reflections

BY JO PEREIRA
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 02, 2017

It is with a lot of emotions that Jo Pereira is sharing her story, the story of the one she loves and the story of many peoples who have benefited from COPE’s rehabilitation support, which she helped developed with all her heart.  Jo’s tale is a story of hope, of peoples surviving UXO and dealing with malformations, gaining back their freedom and normal life with Orthotic & Prosthetic support. The story is presented with beautiful and engaging pictures and a background music composed by one of JO’s protégé.

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The Road to Good Health - An Introduction to the benefits of Chiropractic

BY LOGAN QUIRK
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 02, 2017

Dr. Logan Quirk’s very instructive presentation helped us better understand chiropractic, giving us a speedy lesson on the spine, it’s health, how we can better take care of it and what a chiropractor can do. We all felt come concerns as we all suffered (or will suffer) from back pain, especially when he reminded us that we take better care of our own car than our own bodies!

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Lao National Television, and the Lao Media Industry

BY SOUPHAKSONE (LA) SILAPHET
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 02, 2017

With its presentation, La Silaphet gives us the chance to put on the shoes of an anchorman and invites us behind the scene of the Lao National television, giving us an overview of the programs and his rewarding and diversified work with the news. It is with clear examples that he shows us the role of the National television and the positive direct impacts sharing stories can have on peoples and communities.

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