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Dropping a new Spoken Word/ Interview Video by The Fifth Productions. Shout outs to Julie, Howard, and UC Irvine SASA community for having me down in SoCal to keynote at their first Southeast Asian Graduation and for me to do my craft! #Honored and #humbled

"A love poem dedicated to the woman of my life"
Music by Matthew Vista
Singing by HoHoua Xiong www.youtube.com/user/hohouaxiong
Audio Editing: William Wong
Video Editing: Antony Marshall
Shout outs to UC Davis SAFE Southeast Asian Furthering Education for taking part in the video

"Remix" by Fong Tran

They say “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it”

So it must be the case that he who writes history

Wanted a round two

Cause all I see when I watch the news
are headlines that match

the titles in my high school history text books

Worlds and War and Western thinking

run on repeat like broken records

Eurocentric Euphuisms like West expansion

Exploration, Manifest Destiny, and Spreading Democracy

tactfully translated from truth as
Slave trade, colonists, imperialism

Exploitation of all your natural resources and a bad excuse for US Military

Americans play red, white skin and blue superman savior mentalities

Third world nations being left with nothing

But pillaged lands, broken homes & false promises of American dreams

History textbooks are written like a

A bad version of Lord of the Rings
and I’ve been bored since the first book

and we haven’t even talked about world history

American Propaganda

Last year’s communist

Is this year’s terrorist

The blatant basatardizing of brothers of color

To beat them down

so maybe history doesn’t repeat itself

it just seems to rhyme a lot

and we’re just caught up in the bad remix

If you don’t write your histories and tell your stories

Someone else will

And I’m not saying it’s the man

And that someone
is usually really white

Really old

And Really male

Someone need to tell my young students that

Vietnamese people

My people

My History is more than 2 textbook pages about a war

We’re a culture, a peoples, a way of life

Someone needs to tell my Hmong student

That his people’s history of helping the US CIA

In Secret War

And why its still a god damn secret

And no one knows about it

We need to tell our own stories

and if hypocritical historians can

ridiculously rant on this racist

run-down of history

than I can do it too

from now on

the migration of Southeast Asians to America

since the fall of Saigon

will now be known as

“Manifest beautification”

Cause goddammit we look good

When we talked about

Generalitistic construct that justifies a reverse racism

Called “Melting Pot of America”

Will now be called “Pho-ism”

Cause a little bit of Pho makes

Everything better

And mother is the real P.O.W.

Not prisoner of war

But through living through a refugee camp for 8 months

She was in a prison of warriors

We will write our histories

We will make our remixes

And this poem is the beginning of my mix tape

"Don’t Really" Fong Tran Poetry Original

Its like my life and my friends lives have been put on a super timeline!

Its like my life and my friends lives have been put on a super timeline!

Excited to host a workshop Saturday and Sunday of the Catalyst Foundation’s Culture Camp!
Talented Vietnamese professionals from all over the nation, Empowered Young People and Vietnamese Food! I’m super JUICED!

Excited to host a workshop Saturday and Sunday of the Catalyst Foundation’s Culture Camp!

Talented Vietnamese professionals from all over the nation, Empowered Young People and Vietnamese Food! I’m super JUICED!

"I Hate Being Vietnamese" by Fong Tran

Vid Credits go to Dou Her

My first show in San Diego Southern California!

My first show in San Diego Southern California!

It is finally here. Since the beginning of the slam season in August of last year, poets have been competing every month to earn a spot in the semi-finals. 18 poets made it into semi-finals and after two days of competitions, we are down to our top 8! The poets competing in finals are as follows: Fong Tran Buddy Sahagun The Poet “i” Jazz Sufi The Saint Katelyn Lucas Rob Zenz Leo Bryant Finals will consist of a total of 9 poets. Where is that 9th poet coming from? Well, right before the finals competition, we will have a one round, last chance slam. Whoever receives the highest score in that slam will automatically be placed in finals. Sign-ups will be first come, first served on the list. Preference will go to poets that have competed previously in semi-finals. And if all that isn’t enough to get you in the seats, our hostess for the evening will be none other than the Oakland Poetry Slam Host/Coach Nazelah! We are not only making history in the city of Stockton, but we are putting the Valley on the map in the slam community. Please support this event because not only will it be a fantastic night of poetry, it will also be a fundraiser for the 2012 Pierced Ear Poetry Slam team and getting them to Nationals in Charlotte, NC. See you there! Admission - $8

Click following link or photo: http://www.facebook.com/events/128257107303202/

It is finally here. Since the beginning of the slam season in August of last year, poets have been competing every month to earn a spot in the semi-finals. 18 poets made it into semi-finals and after two days of competitions, we are down to our top 8!

The poets competing in finals are as follows:

Fong Tran
Buddy Sahagun
The Poet “i”
Jazz Sufi
The Saint
Katelyn Lucas
Rob Zenz
Leo Bryant

Finals will consist of a total of 9 poets. Where is that 9th poet coming from? Well, right before the finals competition, we will have a one round, last chance slam. Whoever receives the highest score in that slam will automatically be placed in finals. Sign-ups will be first come, first served on the list. Preference will go to poets that have competed previously in semi-finals.

And if all that isn’t enough to get you in the seats, our hostess for the evening will be none other than the Oakland Poetry Slam Host/Coach Nazelah!

We are not only making history in the city of Stockton, but we are putting the Valley on the map in the slam community. Please support this event because not only will it be a fantastic night of poetry, it will also be a fundraiser for the 2012 Pierced Ear Poetry Slam team and getting them to Nationals in Charlotte, NC.

See you there!

Admission - $8


Click following link or photo: http://www.facebook.com/events/128257107303202/

 ”Ripples” by Fong Tran

dedicated to Matthew Shepard

and Trayvon Martin

The real circle of Life! This really explains everyone’s life path if or if we don’t choose to walk it

The real circle of Life! This really explains everyone’s life path if or if we don’t choose to walk it

Speeching towards the end of this VId! It was an honor to represent at the Iu-Mienh Student Educational Conference!