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Letters to Our Grandchildren

Letters to Our Grandchildren

Letters to Our Grandchildren

May Lee-Yang is a Hmong American writer, performer, and teaching artist. In 2014, Lee-Yang conceived, co-taught, and co-produced Letters to Our Grandchildren (LTOG), an initiative to engage Hmong elders in the process of telling their stories. Working with Hmong elders now is vital because many of them are passing away. Additionally, Hmong elders have had limited opportunities to engage in theater, video, and mainstream leadership opportunities because of gaps in language, culture, age, and access to culturally competent teaching artists. LTOG resulted in intergenerational dialogues, a public performance by the elders, and a short documentary. Over six months, Lee-Yang will curate artmaking workshops at Hmong Village, a highly frequented shopping center in St. Paul’s East Side. She will conduct intergenerational workshops using theater, poetry, video, as well as partner with visual artists and Hmong elder artists to lead workshops and public artmaking activities. The goals of all these workshops are to provide a fun and creative way for Hmong elders and the younger generation to interact, learn about each other’s stories, and create work in collaboration. They are meant as a catalyst for larger conversations in public spaces as well as private homes about learning each other’s stories.

Artist: May Lee-Yang

Project Award Date: 
2015-04-01
CURA Contact: 
Neeraj Mehta (612) 624-8988