Bounxeung Synanonh, who escaped communism, lived in a Thai refugee camp and came to the United States blind, is one of nine artists chosen for the 2016 National Endowment For The Arts National Heritage Fellowship for his artistry with the khaen, a bamboo wind instrument. Eric Paul Zamora ezamora@fresnobee.com
Bounxeung Synanonh, who escaped communism, lived in a Thai refugee camp and came to the United States blind, is one of nine artists chosen for the 2016 National Endowment For The Arts National Heritage Fellowship for his artistry with the khaen, a bamboo wind instrument. Eric Paul Zamora ezamora@fresnobee.com

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