Identity through art

This week we delve into the world of art and culture, raising the curtain with Mandalay-based socially-conscious performing arts school Inwa, teaching progressive values to rural youth in Myanmar. We then explore themes of identity and belonging with Lao American author Bryan Woah Thao Worra, publishing four selected poems from his recently-released new book, ‘Before We Remember We Dream’

November 21, 2020
Identity through art

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Before we remember we dream

In his sixth book, Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra blends memoir and fiction as he explores culture and identity among the Southeast Asian diaspora in his collection of poems.

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