SAN FRANCISCO (April 25, 2012) — The Center for Lao Studies has received a three-year grant of $200,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation for core program development and sustainability support for the years 2012-2014.
Founded in 2006, CLS is a San Francisco-based nonprofit with the mission to advance knowledge and engagement in the field of Lao Studies through research, education, and information sharing.
“The Luce Foundation has always been very supportive of our work from the beginning. This grant will enable CLS to continue promoting and developing programs that are important to many people around the world. We are very pleased with our partnership with the Luce Foundation and grateful for their continuing support,” says CLS Executive Director, Dr. Vinya Sysamouth.
Currently, CLS serves as liaison to a wide array of educational and cultural institutions and community organizations, as well as a resource center for the general public. The center’spioneering activities include organizing the triennial International Conference on Lao Studies, an event that brings together Lao Studies scholars from around the world; launching the first-ever study abroad program to Laos, the Summer Study Abroad in Laos (SAIL); online publication of the only peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to Lao Studies, the Journal of Lao Studies (JLS); and creating the Lao Oral History Archive (LOHA), which documents the life stories of Lao refugees in the United States.
“We’re very excited and grateful to receive support from the Henry Luce Foundation for our programs. Acquiring grant funding in the current competitive environment is difficult and much appreciated when it arrives. We have worked hard with limited funding over the years to build up programs that serve the needs of the various groups interested in Lao Studies. This grant will allow us to continue building our capacity to serve the Lao Studies community,” says Gregory Green, CLS Board President.
The Luce Foundation’s Asia Program works to strengthen American understanding of East and Southeast Asia through support for teaching and research initiatives, and for scholarly collaboration and exchange. Visit the Luce Foundation online at http://www.hluce.orag.