The Center for Lao Studies was born after a successful outcome of the First International Conference on Lao Studies at the Northern Illinois at Dekelp in 2005. The mission of the Center for Lao Studies is to promote and advance the field of Lao Studies in all disciplines through research, education, seminars, conferences and cultural exchanges,
to serve as a resource center both for persons of Lao heritage and for the general public, and to act as a liaison with universities and relevant institutions.
Dr. Vinya Sysamouth, an Executive Director
of the Center for Lao Studies says that, "After the First Lao Studies, we are very happy with an outcome there’s more than 350 attendees."
The idea of having an independent Lao Studies which will separate from Thai Studies was established when Dr. Sysamouth was an exchanged students in Chieng Mai University, Thailand. Since 2006, the Center for Lao Studies was incorporated in the state of California_a non-profit, public benefit organization.
“The Center for Lao Studies
will play a critical role in the future in the development and promotion of Lao Studies as an academic field of discipline in the United States, in Laos and throughout the world.” Dr. Vinya quotes this to VOA in a recent interview.
The second Lao Studies Conference will be held in Arizona State University, May 3-6, 2007.
Listen to audio file for more details and if you like to learn more about the Center for Lao Studies, please contact them at:
Center for Lao Studies
1201 San Bruno Ave., Suite 1
San Francisco, CA 94110