The W Salon ExperienceThe W Salon Experience

The W Salon Experience

Allow me to share our motto with you — we encourage our clients and supporters, “To Dream and Think Big, Collaborate and Share Ideas, Inspire and Motivate.”

What is Modern Laos?What is Modern Laos?

What is Modern Laos?

Amy believes that personal stories have the power to change people and mobilize tangible impact in the world. She’s on a mission to inspire the world to grow emotionally and spiritually with a deeper appreciation for human connection.

Green Papaya Ready to ServeGreen Papaya Ready to Serve

Green Papaya Ready to Serve

“After researching and attending several food truck gatherings in the Central Valley, I knew we would be welcomed with our type of food, since there really has not been one with our type of menu.”

Welcome to Jhai Coffee HouseWelcome to Jhai Coffee House

Welcome to Jhai Coffee House

Jhai Coffee House will be the world’s first philanthropic coffee roaster and cafe located at the source. Our cozy cafe will serve locally grown and roasted coffee to the local community, as well as to the hundreds of tourists that come to the area to visit the coffee farms each day.

Going the DistanceGoing the Distance

Going the Distance

Nang Nonnarth Dunn, avid runner and VillageRun founder, invites you to the VillageRun 3rd Annual 5K Charity Run+Walk on May 11th, 2013, at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA. Walkers, joggers and runners are welcome to bring friends and family to this fun community event.

An Island on the Mekong: Royaume du LaosAn Island on the Mekong: Royaume du Laos

An Island on the Mekong: Royaume du Laos

“Laos has been in the middle of one war after another, since the day I was born,” he explained, “it was just a part of life.” Onkeo was born in 1947, two years after the end of the Second World War, and the start of the First Indochina War.

An Island on the Mekong: Don XaiAn Island on the Mekong: Don Xai

An Island on the Mekong: Don Xai

Don Xai (Xai Island) is an island in the Mekong River, in the southern part of the country of Laos. It is officially located in the province of Champasak, in the Soukhouma district. For most Westerners it is a world away, still unspoiled by modernity.

Elephant Mobile LibraryElephant Mobile Library

Elephant Mobile Library

“Elephants are coming! Elephants are coming!” Hundreds of young voices shout in chorus, the excitement palpable. But these are not just any elephants—they are four-legged libraries! In Laos, the Asian elephant has long been a national symbol.

The Poetry of BreakingThe Poetry of Breaking

The Poetry of Breaking

I perform with the same purpose of any art form I pursue, to inspire and to tell my story, to make it timeless. It is such a gratifying feeling to see someone, who has no understanding of breaking or no understanding of its history, give love and enjoy this art form when I perform it.



Green Papaya Ready to Serve
Green Papaya Ready to Serve

“After researching and attending several food truck gatherings in the Central Valley, I knew we would be welcomed with our type of food, since there really has not been one with our type of menu.”

Learn Lao on the Go!
Learn Lao on the Go!

Paiboon Publishing has a new Apple iOS & Android App for learning basic Lao Phrases: Survival Lao for English Speakers. For a full introduction, try Paiboon Publications Book & CD: Lao For Beginners.

Help Search for Lao Family
Help Search for Lao Family

I was adopted by an American family when I was approximately 6 months old. No birth record is available. My pediatrician, Dr. Karen Olness, is my adoptive mother. Her husband, Hakon Torjesen, was a diplomat working at the Lao Embassy at the time of my adoption in 1968.

The Poetry of Breaking
The Poetry of Breaking

I perform with the same purpose of any art form I pursue, to inspire and to tell my story, to make it timeless. It is such a gratifying feeling to see someone, who has no understanding of breaking or no understanding of its history, give love and enjoy this art form when I perform it.

What is Modern Laos?
What is Modern Laos?

Amy believes that personal stories have the power to change people and mobilize tangible impact in the world. She’s on a mission to inspire the world to grow emotionally and spiritually with a deeper appreciation for human connection.


I AM Amarai

I AM Amarai is a webshow of short films.

We believe that everyone has a story worth sharing. Our mission is to ignite social impact by storytelling the lives of individuals bravely facing their journeys with passion and vulnerability. Our vision is to inspire the world to connect authentically with the people around us.

I AM Amarai is 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization with a heart for social business. Our model is to become a self-sustaining non-profit by developing fashion goods that reflect the essence of each story. Each collection will have a Story No. __ stamp that correlates to the story they represent. We want to develop a business model where 90% of all profits go towards funding future stories, while 10% is paid forward to benefit the causes of our stories.

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