Kulap Vilaysack interviewed at Hyphen Magazine

Recently in May, 2018 Hyphen Magazine interviewed Lao American creator Kulap Vilaysack, the director of the award-winning documentary Origin Story in Hollywood, CA.

This interview took place shortly after her return from the San Francisco premiere of her film, which also marked her directorial debut. Origin Story follows her journey back to Laos to learn the truth about her biological father and marks a significant moment in the children of the Lao diaspora coming to terms with the complexity of their journeys and how families rebuild. Origin Story also features the art of Lao American artist Nor Sanavongsay and music by the talented composers Michael Cassaday, Steve Jablonsky and Lao American singer Lina Luangrath.

kulap HyphenKulap Vilaysack was born in Washington DC and grew up in Eagan, Minnesota. Lao American, she is an LA-based actor, writer and comedian. She co-hosted a weekly popular podcast, “Who Charted?” with Howard Kremer for over 7 years and is a frequent guest on other podcasts. Kulap’s TV acting credits include The Office, Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, Bob’s Burgers, The Sarah Silverman Program and Reno 911! She has had recurring roles in Childrens Hospital and Comedy Bang! Bang! Her film credits include I Love You Man and Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wiig. She also created, showran, and directed the show Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ that ran for four seasons.

To learn more about the film you can visit http://www.originstorydoc.com

Founded in 2003, Hyphen is “a news and culture magazine, media outlet and community partner, that illuminates Asian America through hard-hitting investigative features on the cultural and political trends shaping the fastest-growing ethnic population in the country. We offer in-depth profiles of change-makers in our community and a window into the world of artists and writers who are re-envisioning and rewriting what it means to be Asian American. Through balanced and incisive reporting and sometimes irreverent commentary, we relate the enormous richness, contradiction, and vitality that defines the Asian American experience to stimulate debate, raise awareness, and build bridges within and beyond our own community.”


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