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December 2012


We are very pleased to see so much progress in the past year. First, thank you. The work of the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) would not be possible without the dedicated supporters who have given so generously their time, talent, and treasures in 2012. We have exciting plans for 2013, but are in great need of your support to continue our work. We ask that you show how much you value the work of CLS by making a donation or becoming a member today. Whether it is our basic one-year membership for $20, or a $1000 contribution, no gift is too small. Your tax-deductible contribution (for US residents) will help us continue to build on our innovative programs, research, and publications. 
In 2012, financial contributions enabled CLS to:
  • Interview ten Lao refugee families across the country where they shared their personal stories of survival and immigration as a part of the Lao Oral History Archive (LOHA) project; 
  • Support 11 participants - the most to date - including Fulbright and Luce scholars, to study Lao language and culture as part of the Study Abroad in Laos program (SAIL);
  • Co-publish with Silkworm Books the most extensive collection of Iu-Mien vocabulary available, An Iu-Mienh-English Dictionary with Cultural Notes
  • Publish the 2nd and 3rd issues of the Journal of Lao Studies - the first peer-reviewed international journal devoted to original research in diverse disciplines related to the field of Lao Studies, distributed to more than 1,000 CLS followers and the sole scholarly project in its field.
These are just some of the major accomplishments CLS achieved and for which we are so proud.
Please help us reach our goal of 500 members to raise $20,000 in 2013 to grow CLS's signature programs on the ground. Without your financial support, we will not be able to carry out these wonderful programs and to expand our services to include the following initiatives: 
  • Lao Language Program. CLS would like to create an interactive course that will be easily available to all Lao language learners globally to fill the need for consistent instruction in Lao. Support will go towards developing curriculum, online materials and a website. 
  • Sponsoring Lao scholars to present at the Fourth International Lao Conference at the University of Madison, Wisconsin, in April 2013. This is an important opportunity for up to three Lao academics, who would otherwise be unable to attend, to present on current Lao research.
  • Publication of two Lao manuscripts: Funds will go towards publishing and promoting two new works: Conversing in Lao for American Sponsors and Medical Personnel and a collection of Lao Folk Tales, Sieng Mieng in poetry form, to be released in 2013. 
  • Expanding LOHA project: CLS will increase the number of untold refugee stories to be documented in as many Lao communities as possible in the U.S., as an important part of history that can be shared worldwide. CLS is already in conversation with the Elgin, Illinois community to conduct interviews there. 
Please help us launch 2013 powerfully, and be crucial players in our future success! For our American donors, this is a last chance to make a tax-deductible gift and count it against this year's taxes. We appreciate your support and wish you all the best in this holiday season.

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