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Travel in Spirals – Screening and discussion with filmmakers Tou SaiKo Lee and Justin Schell

November 30, 2011IASEvents0

Travel in Spirals tells the story of Hmong hip-hop MC, spoken word poet, and community organizer Tou SaiKo Lee as he journeys back to his birthplace of Thailand. Born on the Nongkhai refugee camp, his parents fled Laos after the Vietnam War and came to America when Tou was two months old. Taking its title from the spirals in Hmong paj ntaub, the story cloths that for many years were a way for the Hmong people to tell their history before a written language, Travel in Spirals documents Tou’s journey to the source of himself and his heritage almost 30 years after he left.

Film screening will be followed by discussion with the film’s creators Tou SaiKo Lee and Justin Schell.

Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study, Immigration History Research Center

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