Saturday, June 14, 2008


For those of you who came to the MOSAIC Asian American Storyteller's performance at Java Jake's on June 14th.

We knocked it out of the park with an amazing tour de force of storytellers, dance and art, and this was one of the classic performances.

I'm very proud of everyone who performed with us, and all of our audience members, too.

Among the performers we had were Benjamin Aung, a Burmese storyteller, Kao Kalia Yang, author of the acclaimed Hmong memoir,"The Latehomecomer,' Phuoc Tran, Vietnamese American storyteller and librarian, dancers from the Burmese community, Karen storytellers, and Bilquis Dairkee, an Indian American grandmother who gave her first live performance ever.

I've been a part of a lot of great performances over the years, but this really was an exceptional program, free to the community, and donations were accepted to support cyclone victims in Burma.

It's easily one of my top ten favorite performances so far.

A very special thanks goes to David Zander, story teller and research analyst for the MN State Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans and Ann Reay of the Northstar Storytellers Alliance for organizing this event.

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