MARCH 19, 2018
Tou SaiKo Lee will present about his international travels to Thailand and his experiences living in a Hmong village for 2 months and various other visits with footage from 2 documentaries Lee was featured in Thailand titled Travel in Spirals and We Rock Long Distance. Lee will focus on significant projects such as the worldwide based vision of Street Stops and Mountain Tops where teaching artists connect to students of Hmong villages and orphanages in Southeast Asia. Lee will also speak on connection to Hmong Culture through Arts, his projects for community and his influential collaboration with late great Grandma Youa Chang aka Zuag Tsab who does Hmong Poetry Chanting Kwv Txhiaj and Storytelling. This presentation will also include performances of dynamic Hip Hop and Spoken Word Poetry performances. Lee has been known address cultural identity and injustices through his music and poetry. Lee will be sharing Hip Hop songs in the Hmong language from his new album “Ntiaj Teb Koom Tes” (Unified Worldwide) and unveiling new stories from the fresh book in progress “My Grandma can Freestyle.”
Tou SaiKo Lee is a spoken word poet, storyteller, hip hop recording artist and community organizer from St. Paul, Minnesota. He collaborates with his grandmother Zuag Tsab who does the traditional art of kwv txhiaj (Hmong Poetry Chanting) to form the group “Fresh Traditions.” He is also the co-founder of “The H Project” an Arts for Social Change effort of a national music compilation CD to raise awareness about the Human Rights Violations of Hmong people in the jungles of Laos. Along with Hmong youth, he created the Blackbird Elements music project through In Progress to give opportunities for upcoming Hip Hop artists to represent their stories and struggles through songs. Tou SaiK has been known to help organize Open Mics, Dance Battles and many Benefit Concerts. He has organized an annual hip hop event that included a huge bboy competition called Boom Bap Village to coincide with Hmong sports tournaments in St. Paul. He is now organizing a project called Street Stops and Mountain Tops which connects teaching artists from the U.S. to Hmong children in Southeast Asia. In 2008 he was featured in an online video documentary in the New York Times called “Hmong Hip Hop Heritage.” He was more featured in another online documentary in 2010 through National Public Radio called State of the Re: Union – Twin Cities: Hmong Hip-Hop. Lee received the Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grant in 2008 and is a 2009 Intermedia Arts VERVE Spoken Word grant recipient. Lee became a Bush Foundation Fellow in 2016. Lee is developing inter-generational and world-wide creative resources for cultural identity through storytelling, animation and language learning with songs.
APRIL 6-7, 2018
The 7th International Conference on Hmong Studies
To register click on this link: https://
1282 Concordia Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104-5479
APRIL 7, 2018
The Hmong American Student Association (HASA) 2018 Spring Conference: The Millennial Story Cloth
Gordon’s Commons, 770 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53706
The Hmong American Student Association (HASA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 2018 Spring Conference: The Millennial Story Cloth seeks to establish our role within the evolving modern world and sew together the Hmong legacy for future generations by initiating dialogue regarding the arts, academic excellence, professional development, and civic engagement.
This year, HASA is expanding our conference to include all ages from high schoolers through older adults. We hope to bridge the generational knowledge and look forward to hearing from both the young and old. Bring your family for a fun, engaging, and educational experience. We ask that attendees be 15+.
Register Here (Priority deadline to reserve a seat at our banquet dinner will be March 17th): https://splashthat.com/sites/view/uwmadisonhasaspringconference2.splashthat.com