All posts tagged: Hmong

RECAP: 2017 Southeast Asian American Studies Conference in Little Cambodia

For many, Lowell might not be the first city that comes to mind when it comes to the Southeast Asian diaspora that began over 40 years ago with the end of the Vietnam War. But this industrial town is home to the second largest Khmer community in the United States as well as many Lao, Hmong, and Vietnamese. And it’s here that hundreds gathered recently for the 2017 Southeast Asian American Studies Conference at the University of Massachussetts Lowell. This was my first visit ever to Lowell in my 26 years as a poet, and it was eye-opening to see what a thriving Khmertown can look like, with well-kept shops, restaurants and community organizations such as the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association rebuilding their lives and preserving their traditions as best they can. This isn’t to say there aren’t challenges. The community has very clear stakes in immigration reform and education reform, as seen in many of the topics that drew the most attention during the conference. Stretching over three days, the conference has been working …

Upcoming Event: Hmong-Lao/Lao-Hmong Friendship Play

In their latest upcoming play, Minnesota’s own local playwrights and BFFs, Saymoukda Vongsay and May Lee-Yang, share the true story of  the  lively experiences their Lao/Hmong Hmong/Lao friendship. Check out details below: Hmong-Lao Friendship Play Hmong-Lao Friendship Play/Lao-Hmong Friendship Play, is a collaboratively researched, written, and performed piece by playwrights, performing artists, foodies, and real-life BFFs May Lee-Yang and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay. Hmong-Lao Friendship Play/Lao-Hmong Friendship Play explores the connections between the Hmong and Lao communities through stories, humor, hot Asian men, and popular culture. Co-presented with Lazy Hmong Woman Productions and directed by Scotty Gunderson, Hmong-Lao Friendship Play/Lao-Hmong Friendship Play explores cultural relativism between the Hmong and the Lao and builds cross-cultural understanding, connections, and friendships through humor, joy, and shared stories. With only three performances (September 17-19), you don’t want to miss Hmong-Lao Friendship Play/Lao-Hmong Friendship Play. —     TICKETS Tickets for Hmong-Lao Friendship Play/Lao-Hmong Friendship Play are on sale at IntermediaArts.org/box-office or by calling 612.871.4444 Admission to VisibiliT is sliding scale; $3 per person suggested. WHEN/WHERE Hmong-Lao Friendship Play DATES September …