Tou SaiKo Lee | Spoken Word

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Tou SaiKo Lee | Spoken Word

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Tou SaiKo Lee is a spoken word artist, mentor, hip hop emcee and organizer residing in St. Paul, Minnesota. He teams up with his grandmother Youa Chang who does the traditional Hmong art of kwv txhiaj (Hmong Poetry Chanting) to form the group "Fresh Traditions."  Lee received the Jerome Foundation Travel Study Grant in 2008 and is a 2009 Intermedia Arts VERVE Spoken Word grant recipient. In 2008 he was featured in an online video documentary in the New York Times called "Hmong Hip Hop Heritage." He was featured in another online documentary in 2010 through National Public Radio called State of the Re:Union - Twin Cities: Hmong Hip-Hop. Lee is a current Bush Foundation Fellow in 2016.

Book This Artist

I believe in creating space for those silenced to have a voice, provide opportunity to write within hearts, minds and supporting young people’s potential to express themselves. I encourage collaboration and connection through poetry in support of those students that have not yet realized their ability to write through hope, get up and speak their truth.

I want to give back to community through spoken word poetry and hip hop music. I want to express my struggles growing up. I’m inspired by the stories of the youth that I work with and mentor. I believe in investing in our future, let the community rise with me and spreading the knowledge that I have gained.

There is a beauty in truth that sparks a nerve of emotion in me. A performer can write a magnificent poem and delivery it with awesome skill but does not move me as much as a first time grade school poet that had the courage to write a personal and revealing dedication poem for her mother that has since passed away.

Sample Programs: Customizable To Site’s Needs

Residency

Fresh Identity and Expression Spoken Word and Hip Hop

Explore Identity through Hip Hop and Spoken Word/Performance Poetry which gives students’ a voice that can inspire, move and provoke change. With an emphasis on storytelling, content and poetry, participants will be engaged into Spoken Word and Hip Hop song writing through movement activities, creative writing, performance poetry with cultural references and energetic hip hop with a message. The program will cover in-depth ways we can make impacts on social issues through our words and representing our identity by Rockin' the Mic to nurture dynamic writers and performers.

 

Workshop

Fresh Identity and Expression Spoken Word and Hip Hop

Explore Identity through Hip Hop and Spoken Word/Performance Poetry which gives students’ a voice that can inspire, move and provoke change. With an emphasis on storytelling, content and poetry, participants will be engaged into Spoken Word and Hip Hop song writing through movement activities, creative writing, performance poetry with cultural references and energetic hip hop with a message. The program will cover ways we can make impacts on social issues through our words and representing our identity by Rockin' the Mic to nurture dynamic writers and performers.