The University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc Lecture and Fine Arts Committee will present Tou SaiKo Lee, Hmong spoken word and hip hop artist and activist, on Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the campus’ University Theatre. The event includes a performance and screening of his documentary “Travel in Spirals.” General admission is $5 and tickets are available at the door, or in advance from the Administrative Services Office (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). UW-Manitowoc students can attend for free with an ID.
Tou SaiKo Lee is a spoken word poet and hip-hop community organizer from St. Paul, Minnesota. He collaborates with his grandmother Youa Chang who does the traditional art of Hmong Poetry Chanting. Lee collaborates to create a spoken word project called "Spoken Remedy" with Hmong youth living in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul collaborating with Somali youth from the Cedar Riverside area in Minneapolis around themes of Food Sovereignty and Inter-generational Storytelling. He is working on a new project where the music accompanying his native language poetry will incorporate traditional Hmong instruments of the violin, flute, mouth harp and leaf called Ntiaj Teb Koom Tes AKA Unified WorldWide.