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Explore the Mesmerizing Art of Hmong Song Poetry

By Kate McDonald

Bee Yang is a respected traditional Hmong song poet of  kwvtxhiaj. Yang is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant for Folk and Traditional Arts, a Pollen 50 Over 50 Award recipient and a winner of the Sally Award for the Arts in Initiative. Trained at the foot of the great song poets of his time, Bee Yang has lived his life as a refugee of war, toiling away in the factories of America.

Bee Yang is a featured artist in the May 2019 event, Art Is...Our Call for PeaceWriter Kao Kalia Yang, traditional song poet Bee Yang, spoken word artist Kevin Yang, and visual artist  XeeReiter come together on a historic evening that transcends generations and artistic forms to celebrate Hmong art in America. They send a message to the world: If there are good things that emerge from wars at all, then it is us, those who've survived to dream of more peaceful possibilities. 

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Special Thanks: St. Paul Parks and Recreation
Production Team: Kate McDonald, Ryan Klabunde, Brennan Vance, Eric Pagel, Joe Demko.

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