SAIBADEE! Legacies of War is delighted to welcome you to LaoNow! Over the past years, Legacies of War has accomplished more than any of us could have imagined back when we started in 2004. As a direct result of our education and advocacy efforts, the U.S. government funding for bomb clearance and victim assistance has now reached a record $30 million. As a result, casualties have decreased from over 300 per year in 2008 to fewer than 50 per year in 2017. But our work is far from finished, as millions of bombs remain in the ground and a danger to the daily lives of villagers. That is why our work and your support remains critically important. The U.S. government funds go directly to humanitarian agencies working on the ground in Laos, NOT Legacies of War. These agencies operate demining teams and provide services to the many unexploded ordnance (UXO) survivors, including emergency medical care, rehabilitation and artifical limbs, livelihood training and psycho-social support. Many of these survivors will require services throughout the rest of their lives. We are so grateful for your help in ensuring that we can sustain this work until the mission is complete. We want to achieve ZERO casualties and enable Lao children to grow up, play, go to school, and live without fear. Thank you for joining us to create a new legacy of peace and safety in Laos!
TITUS PEACHEY BOARD CHAIR OF LEGACIES OF WAR
THE HOSTS LEGACIES OF WAR raises awareness about the history of the
Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advocates for the clearance of unexploded bombs, provides space for healing the wounds of war, and creates greater hope for a future of peace. The charity provides life-saving education and advocacy about the lasting effects of the 1964-1973 U.S. secret air war, which dropped approximately two million tons of ordnance on Laos. About 80 million unexploded bomblets remain a critical threat to the lives of Lao people and their ability to safely farm their land. Legacies uses art, culture, education, community organizing and dialogue to bring people together and create healing and transformation out of the wreckage of war. We never could have done all of this work without our incredible network of supporters: community volunteers, sponsors and institutional partners.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kasey Chaleunsouk Dave Claycomb Ambassador Douglas Hartwick (ret.) Suzette Gabriel-Schoebitz Alexandra Hiniker Soumaly King Sera Koulabdara Titus Peachey Breeda Phoumanny Orathai Phommala Benjamin Rhodes Terence Szuplat
Channapha Khamvongsa Executive Director See Xiong Program & Communications Coordinator Aleena Inthaly Program Assistant Victoria Liu Graphic Consultant Hannah Reavis Intern
KHE-YO OWNER & CHEF SOULAYPHET “PHET” SCHWADER Khe-Yo & Chef Phet will be treating our taste buds to the delectable, hard-to-find, and hottest emerging cuisine – Laotian food. Chef Phet grew up in the midwest--Wichita, Kansas, with an upbringing centered on preserving traditions from Laos, his homeland. He joined with Marc Forgione to bring Laotian inspired Southeast Asian cuisine to TriBeCa, showcasing the best ingredients through Laotian techniques and flavors. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and The New Yorker. 2
WHY UXO IN LAOS Laos is the most heavily bombed country, per capita, in history. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. flew 580,000 bombing missions over Laos, the equivalent of one bombing mission every eight minutes, around the clock for nine years (1964-1973). The Lao Government, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and other development partners have determined that UXO contaminates 41 out of the 46 poorest districts in Laos and remains an obstacle for carrying out its national development plans. The threat of deadly unexploded ordnance limits Laotian peopleâ€™s ability to cultivate enough land for food and to maintain secure livelihoods, exacerbating the nationâ€™s extreme poverty. YOUR DONATION will help us advocate to clear Laos and save lives.
OUR GOALS To create a future where the people of Laos can walk their land free of fear. To advocate for Laotians whose lives are disrupted by death and maiming from leftover bombs, 45 years after they were dropped. To raise and sustain significant levels of U.S. support for bomb clearance and victim assistance over the next decade. To heal the wounds of war, both in Laos and in the Laotian diaspora.
WHAT WE DO CONVENE We bring together partner groups and individuals seeking to resolve the UXO problem in Laos. ADVOCATE We work directly with key decision-makers in the U.S. government and stakeholders in Laos. EDUCATE We provide UXO-related information and data for students, researchers, media outlets, policymakers, and the general public. ORGANIZE We mobilize people to contribute to a new legacy of safety and peace for Laos.
LAONOW CREATIVE FEAST
8:30AM DOORS OPEN & REGISTRATION Refreshments served 8:45AM
TOWN HALL COMMUNITY GATHERING
10:30AM WELCOME & KEYNOTE Vision for LaoNow: “Our Memories, Our Dreams”
Channapha Khamvongsa, Executive Director, Legacies of War Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy, Emcee
11:00AM A CONVERSATION WITH LAOTIAN WOMEN IN FILM Kulap Vilaysack, Chao Thao, and Manivone Nonthaveth
Moderated by Sydney Viengluang
12:00PM MAPPING OUR DIASPORIC FUTURES Chanida Phaengdara Potter & Ze Thao, The SEAD Project Poetry by Catzie Vilayphonh, Laos In The House
LaoNow Community Mural by Chantala Kommanivanh
1:30PM LAOTIAN CHEFS TALK ABOUT FOOD, HERITAGE, & TAKING RISKS Soulayphet “Phet”’ Schwader of Khe-Yo, Seng Luangrath of Thip Khao, Padeak & Hanumanh, and Yia Vang of Union Kitchen Moderated by Noobtsaa Philip Vang of Foodhini
2:30PM DIASPORA FASHION DESIGN: FROM VIENTIANE TO NYC Viengkham Nanthavongdouangsy of KHANG
& Somsack Sikhounmuong Moderated by Pachia Lucy Vang
6:00PM DOORS OPEN & REGISTRATION Cocktail Hour
Silent Auction & Live Auction Preview LaoNow Community Mural by Chantala Kommanivanh
7:00PM WELCOME & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS “I Am Now,” by TINTIN V.
Kasey Chaleunsouk, Emcee Kulap Vilaysack, Emcee
DINNER: SPICY, SOUR, FUNKY & SWEET Chef Soulayphet “Phet” Schwader in Khe-Yo in
New York, New York Chef Yia Vang, Union Kitchen in Saint Paul, Minnesota
8:00PM AWARDS CEREMONY Lao Heritage Foundation, Mali Phonpadith—Community Partner
World Education, Joel Lamstein—In-Country Partner
Open Society Foundation, Lora Lumpe—Philanthropic Partner
Titus Peachey—Lifetime Achievement Honoree 9:00PM KHANG RUNWAY SHOW by Viengkham Nanthavongdouangsy of KHANG Vientiane, Laos
9:30PM LIVE AUCTION Fashion, Food, & More 10:00PM LUMVONG DANCING & PERFORMANCES DJ Miss Joy
Binly & EraNetik
SILENT AUCTION CLOSES
CLOSING & SOK DEE
PANELISTS, SPEAKERS AND PRESENTERS
CHANNAPHA KHAMVONGSA Executive Director, Legacies of War Washington, DC
MANIVONE NONTHAVETH Filmmaker, Writer, & Visual Artist Founder of elleFant Art Brooklyn, NY
SOULAYPHET “PHET” SCHWADER Chef & Owner of Khe-Yo Restaurant New York, NY
CHAO THAO Filmmaker Los Angeles, CA
NOOBTSAA PHILIP VANG Founder of Foodhini Washington, DC
MONICA PHROMSAVANH Founder of ModaBox New York, NY
SENG LUANGRATH Chef & Owner of Padeak, Thip Khao, & Hanumanh Washington, DC
SOMSACK SIKHOUNMUONG Fashion Designer New York, NY
PACHIA LUCY VANG Founder of PAJ NTAUB ‡ Culture through Cloth Sacramento, CA
SYDNEY VIENGLUANG Actor & Producer Los Angeles, CA
VIENGKHAM NANTHAVONGDOUANGSY Designer of KHANG Vientiane, Laos
CATZIE VILAYPHONH Director of Laos in the House Philadelphia, PA
CHANIDA PHAENGDARA POTTER Founding Editor of Little Laos on the Prairie Executive Director of The SEAD Project Minneapolis, MN
KULAP VILAYSACK Director, Writer, Producer & Actress Founder and Director, Laos Angeles Los Angeles, CA
ZE THAO Program Manager at The SEAD Project Minneapolis, MN
YIA VANG Chef & Co-Founder of Union Kitchen Saint Paul, MN
KASEY CHALEUNSOUK Real Estate Investment Manager Legacies of War Board Member New York, NY
KULAP VILAYSACK Director, Writer, Producer & Actress Founder and Director, Laos Angeles Los Angeles, CA
BREEDA PHOUMMANY Wine/Spiris Import & Distribution Management Legacies of War Board Member New York, NY
PHITSAMAY SYCHITKOKHONG UY Associate Professor, Leadership in Schooling; Co-Director, Center for Asian American Studies, SEADA Co-PI/Co-Director at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA
ORATHAI PHOMMALA Real Estate Developer Legacies of War Board Member New York, NY
WAYS TO GIVE
As a nonprofit project, Legacies of War offers numerous opportunities to contribute and relies on grants and gifts for our funding. To make a donation to Legacies of War, mail check to: Legacies of War 1312 9th Street NW Washington, DC 20001 email@example.com Donate online: www.legaciesofwar.org/take-action/donate Learn more about the numerous opportunities to give by visiting our website: www.legaciesofwar.org 9
OPEN SOCIETY FOUNDATION PHILANTHROPIC HONOREE
The Open Society Foundation promotes the growth of open and accountable institutions in more than 100 countries around the world through its granting programs. Over the last six years, the Open Society Policy Center has invested in Legacies of Warâ€™s policy and advocacy programs.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE Titus and his wife Linda were the directors of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) aid program in Laos from 1980-1985. Titus returned to Laos in 1994 to help coordinate the beginning of the humanitarian demining project in Laos, working alongside the Mines Advisory Group and the Lao Committee for Social and Veterans Affairs. He is the recently retired Director of Peace Education for MCC U.S. Titus has been involved with Legacies of War since its inception in 2004, and has served as its Board Chair since 2015.
LAO HERITAGE FOUNDATION COMMUNITY PARTNER HONOREE
The Lao Heritage Foundation is dedicated to passing on the rich cultural treasures of Laos to the next generation, including music, art, dance, language and story. The Foundation hosts summer camps for more than 200 young students each year in 6 different locations throughout the United States. Remarkably, in 2018 the Foundation also hosted a camp for 250 students in Luang Prabang, Laos.
IN-COUNTRY PARTNER HONOREE World Education is dedicated to engaging and empowering communities, families, and individuals through programs in education, health, mine action, and economic development. World Education Laosâ€™ programs are designed to build capacity, promote self-sufficiency, and increase inclusion of all persons in Lao PDR.
PLANNING COMMITTEE MUSIC DJ Miss Joy TINTIN Binly EraNetik FASHION TEAM Amy Chanthaphavong, Chair Khonexai Phommaraj Moe Lamstein Nina Thirakul Noy Munedouang DESIGNERS Viengkham Nanthavongdouangsy of KHANG Somsack Sikhounmuong, Creative Director FOOD & BEVERAGE Chef Phet Schwader Chef Yia Vang Khamsing Thanasak (TK) Vienxay (Ann) Inthaly TECHNICIANS, VIDEO, & PHOTO Dennis Finnegan, Luminescence Manu Sawkar, Standard Transmission Johnny Phoummany Tracie Williams Peter Hershey Mark Sasahara Somsy Vejsiri Binly @snappilots SPECIAL THANKS Dr. Cynthia Nguyen Alexandra Hiniker Soumaly King Mari Quenemoen Dee Pha Devon Blaze Cain Jaesen Khounthalangsy
THE MARKETPLACE SPONSORS
THE MARKETPLACE VENDORS
LIVE AUCTION ITEMS KHANG COUTURE VALUE: $300
This collection of Her Dress & His Scarf are KHANG’s exquisite pieces directly from Vientiane. The L’amour de L’est et L’ouest scarf is a versatile headdress/scarf/wrap in ruby red, woven with Lao silk. The Mayulee dress is a feminine twist on a classic favorite: Organza Lao Silk Shift Dress by KHANG. The ease of movement makes this dress a quick shift from work day with a blazer to fine dining after hours. Place a simple belt around the waist and instantly lift the sheer action for some sass. Viengkham takes a minimal approach to retro motifs in her fall collection for KHANG. These pieces are perfect as added splash of color for any fall/winter wardrobe. Viengkham Nanthavongdouangsy is a weaving artist and master of ancient silk from laos.
COACHING & MENTORSHIP FROM MONICA PHROMSAVANH VALUE: $1,500 Receive consulting and mentorship services from Monica Phromsavanh, a successful businesswoman and founder of ModaBox. Are you looking to start your own business or step up your professional game? Let Monica be your ultimate coach! She will provide insightful, inspiring and practical advice on your start-up ideas and business model. Phromsavanh is a passionate serial entrepreneur creating business solutions in the industry she knows best - fashion. She is an innovative brand builder with multifaceted expertise in retail, marketing, strategy, business development, and consumer behavior. You will receive four, one-hour sessions. 15
LIVE AUCTION ITEMS NYC CULINARY TOUR FOR TWO WITH CHEF PHET & MARC FORGIONE VALUE: $1,500 Khe-Yo is New York City’s first shrine to Laotian cooking. The brainchild of Chef and Co-Host Soulayphet “Phet” Schwader-who partnered with longtime pal Marc Forgione, Iron Chef winner for this special culinary adventure. Join Chef Phet for an afternoon tour of New York City local green markets. Learn how he carefully shops and selects the finest produce and ingredients for his acclaimed restaurant. Your day culminates with a dinner for two at Khe-Yo. As a bonus prize, a tasting menu dinner at Marc Forgione Restaurant is included in this highly coveted auction package. The highest bidder will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the NYC food scene through the eyes of Chef Phet.
CULINARY TOUR FOR TWO WITH CHEF SENG IN WASHINGTON, DC VALUE: $1,250 Join Chef Seng’s Food Tour through the best of DC’s culinary scene. Chef Seng will take you on an insider’s culinary adventure tour featuring her favorite restaurants in DC. Taste the best flavors of the Capitol’s hidden gems, get an insider’s view of DC’s food scene, and learn about DC’s neighborhoods and food culture. Chef Seng will give some insights to DC’s changing food scene and city. The culinary tour includes: lunch at Thip Khao in Columbia Heights, a visit to Falooda at Union Market, coffee break at Compass Coffee, and dinner at Centrolina.
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS MYTHOLOGICAL ART COLLECTION BY EDDY SURIYA SOUVANNAVONG OF THREE OF RED VALUE: $400 Art collection by Virginia-based Lao American artist, Eddy Suriya Souvannavong. The first piece is Ganesh, framed reprint of an original hand-drawn artwork of the artist’s interpretation of Ganesh, old, battle-torn, and enlightened. The second piece is Hanuman, framed reprint of an original hand-drawn art depicting the monkey king from the mythological stories reimagined through the artist’s creativity. The third piece is Phayana, drawn into a highly detailed artwork and recreated as a living serpent. The fourth piece is Aspara, framed reprint of an original hand-drawn artwork depicting Aspara, the divine dancer of the clouds who’s been corrupted and fallen from the heavens. Eddy creates eye-catching, detailed imagery and distributes his ideas through Three of Red. The core goal is to create amazing artwork apparel that will appeal, inspire thought, and encourage curiosity of Southeast Asian cultures.
HLUAGAO BY CHANTALA KOMMANIVANH VALUE: $225
The art piece titled Hluangao is a giclee print on satin luster paper, hand numbered, and signed by the artist. Chantala Kommanivanh is an award-winning Lao American artist, educator, and musician. Raised with traditional Lao customs at home and active hip-hop culture outside of home, Chantala work investigates cultural hybridity and tensions of identity, as he and his family were refugees from the unfortunate outcomes of the 1964-1975 Secret War in Laos. He is a recipient of several prestigious awards including the Union League and Arts Foundation award in 2009 and was a two-time awardee of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Advance Opportunity Program Fellowship. In 2013, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth recognized him for his service of excellence to Illinois’s 8th District arts community.
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS JEWELRY ITEMS: EARRINGS INSPIRED BY THE ELEGANT & DELICATE CULTURE OF LAOTIAN ART & NATURE Mani Tropical Leaf Earrings by Mack Pholsina VALUE: $45 Tiered Lotus Umbrella Earrings in Sterling Silver by Suzette Gabriel-Schoebitz for Hoi Sang jewelry brand out of Luang Prabang, Laos VALUE: $500 5 Umbrella Earrings in Sterling Silver by Suzette Gabriel-Schoebitz for Hoi Sang jewelry brand out of Luang Prabang, Laos VALUE: $500 5 Umbrella Earrings in 18 Karat Gold by Suzette Gabriel-Schoebitz for Hoi Sang jewelry brand out of Luang Prabang, Laos VALUE: $1,000
CULINARY COLLECTION: SPICY, SOUR, FUNKY, & SWEET VALUE: $250 Gin Khao Leo Baw? – Have you eaten yet? This collection of Hmong and Lao food is the perfect mixture of flavors for the Laotian palate. Try the spicy & sour flavors from today’s most exciting food entrepreneurs, including Tam Sim Now Papaya Sauce, Ninja Foods, and Papaya Sauce LLC. Taste some Tigerbite Jerky dipped in Auntie Bee’s Ma Der Ma Der spicy sauce or jaew bong from Rice Girl Foods and Mama Kong. End every meal with delicious dessert and coffee, including Spicy Joi’s Patongo and freshly made macarons from Saeng’s Kitchen. Brand new mortar and and pestle are included. 18
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS ULTIMATE LAO & HMONG BOOK COLLECTION VALUE: PRICELESS
Own the only collection of its kind in the world! This group includes twenty-four books from Hmong and Lao authors and those supporting the Laotian American narratives. You won’t find this set of books elsewhere with many of them signed by the authors themselves! From children’s literature to poetry, nonfiction, and folk legends, this oneof-a-kind collection is a must-have! Mommy Eats Fried Grasshopper by Vilayvanh Bender Voices from the Plain of Jars by Fred Branfman To Whitey & The Cracker Jack by Hauntie How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology by the Hmong American Writers Circle Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella by Tzexa Cherta Lee & Jewell Reinhard Coburn The Family That I Love by See Lor The Forbidden Treasure (Hmong & English copies) by See Lor The Greedy Couple (Hmong & English copies) by See Lor The Magic Stone (Hmong & English copies) by See Lor
The Bamboo Among the Oaks edited by Mai Neng Moua The Bride Price by Mai Neng Moua Lao Legends by Somsanouk Mixay and Fleur Brofos Asmussen Dance Among Elephants by Krysada Panusith Phounsiri The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes Across the Mekong River by Elaine Russell Hawker Fare by James Syhabout Kuv Ua Tau (I Can Do It) by Mykou Thao Afterland by Mai Der Vang To Live Here by Soul Vang When Everything was Everything by Saymoukda Duongphouxay Vongsay Poor Anima by Khaty Xiong
LAOTIAN WITH STYLE STREETWEAR COLLECTION VALUE: $300 To celebrate the creativity of Laotian American youth, this set of Lao- and Hmong-inspired streetwear is a must-have for the hip & trendy! This collection will keep you forever young with shirts from Laos Supply, Elephant Hustle, Savan Apparel, and Wicked Youth. Finish off your look with Hmxng and Wicked Youth caps. 19
THANK YOU AMBASSADOR CHARLES B. SALMON FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR LEGACIES OF WAR CHAMPA SPONSOR LAONOW2018
ADDITIONAL THANKS TO: Ambassador Patricia Haslach Ambassador Harriet Isom Ambassador Karen Stewart Ambassador Daniel Clune FabuLaos Koua Franz & John Franz Stuart Foundation 20