News Release

AAPI heritage month

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Saymoukda Vongsay

Saymoukda Vongsay

St. Cloud State students will host a celebration in recognition of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage month 3:30-5 p.m. May 2 in the theatre and lounge of Atwood Memorial Center.

The celebration and presentation is led by the ethnic and women’s studies class ETHS 215(01) with direction from nationally-renowned, Minnesota-based Lao American playwright, poet, spoken word and performance artist Saymoukda Vongsay.

The event is sponsored by Multicultural Student Services and is free and open to the public.

The St. Cloud State AAPI heritage month event is an opportunity to learn about Asian Americans, who are the fastest growing racial group in our country. Vongsay has been working closely with the students and is dedicated to the “importance of preserving cultural memories and personal narratives as a way to unify a community.”

There will be a student panel presentation, creative cultural presentations, and visual and poster presentations. The theme will be on AAPI topics, herstories and histories, people and places, and concepts learned during professor Hedy Tripp’s spring 2013 course. It is part of the university’s service-learning opportunities for students to “put classroom learning into practical use to benefit the community” by creatively sharing important academic and cultural information that very rarely gets taught in schools.

About Saymoukda Vongsay

Saymoukda Vongsay is the recipient of the 2010 Alfred C. Carey Prize in Spoken Word Poetry (New York), the 2012 and 2011 Jerome Foundation/Mu Performing Arts Fellowship in Theater, and a 2012 Storytelling Fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Boards’ Folk and Traditional Arts Grant.

She has been recognized as a 2011 Change Maker by Intermedia Arts and was the only honorable mention named for the 2011 MN Emerging Writer Grant. She has received scholarships from the Loft Literary Center (Minnesota), the Joyce Foundation/Alliance of Artist Communities (Illinoise) and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (Washington D.C.).

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