Posts tagged poems.

Fong Tran Free Write/Right

Prompt: Who has the right to represent you? What do they need from you for that representation?

You only have to right to represent me if you admit openly
that you can never perfectly nor appropriately represent me

You can only try represent my passion, my conviction, my complexity
You can only brush over the detailed etchings of my mind
Only stay shallow to the depth of my character
Only stay surface to the ocean that is my voice

However I warn you that my history is not to be simplified
My identity is not to be labeled
My health is not to be cured
It is universal. It is everything. It is me.

Fong Tran Poetry Spring Shows

3.29 Saturday
Performance for Slow Food Conference @ Sac Food Bank 2:00pm

4. 2 Wednesday
Poetry Workshop @ Sacramento City College Cultural Awareness Center 1:00pm

4.4 Saturday
Guest Speaker “No Time to Lose” Professional Conference @ SCUSD Serna Center

4.15 Tuesday
Poetry Feature @ Sonoma State University

4.16 Wednesday
Mahogany Urban Poetry Series featuring Fong Tran @ Queen Sheba 9:00pm

4.23 Wednesday
Hot Buttons Spoken Word for Social Justice @ Sol Collective 6:00pm

4.25 Friday
Poetry Workshop @ University of Denver *tentative*

5.2 Friday
Poetry Workshop for SAYS Summit Sacramento Area Youth Speaks @ UC Davis

5.3 Saturday
Keynote for UC Davis Transfer Weekend @ Student Community Center MPR 10:00am

5.8 Wednesday
All People’s Recognition Ceremony University 4:00

"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

Humbled and grounded

Long rant/story about my plans and future and insirations in my life. I’d been thinking alot lately.

So Fong asked me what do i want to do after the Navy. 
I told em that i wanna save enough money to open my own Dance Studio.
And if i didnt save enough, i’ll go for another maybe 2 years and then come back and open my own dance studio and find a Job and hold Dance Competitions and have free dance sessions and workshops.
I love my Sacramento community and it would be nice if the whole Community knew what Hiphop Dancing was.
When i grow up all i want to do is give to my Sac Community.
I learned best from the Best Mentor ever.
He dedicates his life to the Youngins and Youths, 
I should too, through Dancing!
I want the To Show the people who looked down on me and said that i will never make it and put me down that i can do it and i will. 
I want to be an Impact in the Community. 
I’ll come back and become a Mentor, Dance Teacher and most definitely i want to be an Inspiration in peoples life.
Everything i do, i always do it for others.
Why do i want to open my own dance studio and give free dance sessions and workshops and open competitions? 
I want to open a Dance studio for free sessions because i know that people are more motivated when they’re not at home and also when others dancers see’s that you’re struggling, they will probably help and assist you and thats what i want. Dancers helping eachother. I learned this through Self-experience so i know how it feels.
Why i want to have free dance workshops is because not all family can afford for their kids to take dance classes and wrkshops. And they will have to wait for a long time and not get a chance to ever learn.
I know that feeling because i’ve also been through it until my 12th grade year when i started joining crews.
I want to give people the chance to learn and grow and seeing people happy makes me happy. And through this experience, hopefully everyone in Sacramento knows how to dance and start alot of crews here in sacramento.
Why i want to hold competitions is because i want crews and people to show what they’ve learned and show their competitive side and let their name be crowned. Choreography and freestyling competitions.
And then i want to be a Mentor just like my 3 Favorite, Best and Only mentors Nai, Millie and Fong. 
While growing up i was hanging out with Bad people and didnt know which path to take until i met these 3 who changed my life forever. 
They’ve inspired me to be Proactive and chase my Dream, and not chase what people tell me to chase.
Actually, im leading it by still being a youth and a student and learning about the community through events and workshops. 
Fong, he made it into the Front Page NEWS! 
What an inspiration!
Thats something to look forward to.
Being known in the community as an inspiration and as a Very good person, i bet it’s such a Great feeling.
But i learned from the Best that no matter how many awards and medals you recieve, keep it hungry for more and more and never be comfortable that you’re good enough or you’ve gotten enough, just keep going for more.
So i want to be an Impact to the Sac Community when i grow up.
If it wasnt for my Mentors and Friends and Family, mostly Mentors.. I wouldnt have this much confidence in myself to pursue my dream and goals.
And if it wasnt for Alvin, i probably wouldnt have plan going to the Navy.
Hopefully i get in!
If not, my goals and dreams are still the same. But just go to college and work for the $$$ to open my studio.
Fong kept bringing this subject up so it had me thinking alot about my plans and future.


- Chuey Thao, High School Senior at School of Engineering and Sciences

One of my favorite EmCee’s killing wit one of my favorite spoken word pieces

FOR UC SAN DIEGO!!

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/

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

One of my students speaking straight up TRUTH on the mic at last night’s SickSpits Open Mic!

First time poet performer and she killed it so bad that it made me tear up a little, just a little tho…