Bao Phi

Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, Bao Phi has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry, and a poem of his appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology. Read more about Bao Phi.

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World Happenings

Posted by: Bao Phi Updated: June 7, 2010 - 10:22 PM

Hello readers, thanks for checking in.  Currently I am struggling with three different writing deadlines, so this will be a quick post.  Mostly it's links to current U.S. and world issues that I am reading about, and thinking about.

First, thanks to everyone who forwarded me this essay on Vietnamese people who work in the fishing industry in the gulf:

With all the hubbub about the oil spill, I am glad to read news about Viet folks in the area.  Back when Katrina hit, I was able to do a small amount of volunteer work in New Orleans, teaching a poetry workshop to Viet youth affected by Katrina.  Of  course my tiny bit of volunteering doesn't entitle me to speak like some expert on race and class - and it was a tragedy that changed the lives of people from many different races, classes, and communities.  What I will say is that, as a Vietnamese person, I was curious about if and how the Vietnamese communities affected by Katrina were reported on by the media.  

Now, with this oil spill, of course it affects many different communities as well as, obviously, the environment - of which we all need to pay a great deal of attention to.  All the same, thanks to those of you who sent me the above link reminding me of our people in the Gulf and their unheard story.

Of course there is the tragedy of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, written about eloquently on Racialicious by LaToya Peterson:


And last but certainly not least, one of my favorite poems of all time: a collaboration between two local poets and activists, Juliana Hu Pegues and Tatiana Ormaza.  In the current climate of immigrant bashing and the high profile of all the racism coming from Arizona, it's refreshing to see this fearless and unapologetic poem that celebrates coalition across communities:


Minnesotans - March This Saturday!

Posted by: Bao Phi Updated: April 29, 2010 - 11:41 PM

March for Immigration Reform THIS SATURDAY - Please spread the word

Hello folks, thanks to Alondra for this info - wear WHITE in unity!

Join the March at 2 PM at either of these two points:

1-Corner of Chicago and Franklin
2-Corner of University and Central



April 27, 2010


Contact: 612-250-5926

WHAT: March for Immigration Reform, March for America

WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2010

TIME: 4:00PM

WHERE: Loring Park, Downtown Minneapolis

WHO: More than a thousand immigrant families and students, community members and leaders

Minneapolis, MN - In the wake of the passage of Arizona's racial profiling law or a so-called immigration measure by conservatives, thousands of immigrant families and students are planning rallies and marches across the state of Minnesota to stand against these racist policies and to advocate for a fair and humane immigration reform this Saturday.

The March for Immigration Reform taking place in downtown Minneapolis is expected to draw over a thousand participants who will converge at Loring Park at 4:00pm. Marchers are focusing on passing immigration reform and protesting Arizona's recent punitive immigration law. According to key march organizers, the Arizona law is already being called unconstitutional by US Attorney General Eric Holder and is culpable for throwing Arizona into an "economic black hole" as described by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) for and estimated loss of $700,000,000 in tax dollars from immigrants workers. "We are taking action this Saturday to show people that immigrants are not the problem, immigrants are part of the solution. We pay taxes and we contribute to the state - we are marching to help people see that our rights need to be respected," observes Ruth Nava, a Board Member of the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network, one the state's leading immigrant advocacy group who is planning the downtown march this weekend.

Marchers will arrive at Loring Park at 4:00pm, they will gather around the bandstand area to listen and participate in an evening program whose line up include local Spanish-language radio DJs, live performers, personal testimonies of affected families, and advocacy efforts to raise awareness for the need of a fair and humane immigration reform.



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