Long Beach, Calif. (July 21, 2016) — On July 28th, Southeast Asian American artists and their friends and family will gather in Long Beach to share art and discuss the process of healing in diaspora with author Peuo Tuy. The event will be held at the Manazar Gamboa Community Theater, 1323 Gundry Ave, Long Beach, Calif.
Peuo Tuy is a Cambodian spoken word poet and artist educator originally from Lowell, Massachusetts. Her self-published storytelling poetry book, “Khmer Girl,” depicts personal atrocities about the Cambodian genocide, living in refugee camps, and navigating life as a dark-skinned southeast asian woman in America while experiencing self-hate, and searching for self-love and acceptance in our ever-evolving world. She has been featured at various venues on the east coast and was part of Urbintel’s Inc., “HerStory” spoken word tour.
She is also part of a video project curated by The New School called “Futurographies” which travelled to Cambodia and France in spring 2016. She is currently working on a children’s storybook. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Africana/Puerto Rican/Latino Studies. Peuo lives in New York City and is currently on a book tour in the east coast, midwest, and west coast. See more at: www.peuotuy.com
The culmination of the “Art of Healing” Long Beach tour will showcase youth participants’ stories from the “Digging Deep: On Writing Traumas and Brighter Futures” as well as other local Long Beach artists. The showcase will close out with a performance and Q and A with author Peuo Tuy. The purpose of this event is to create an opportunity for emerging and accomplished artists of Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Thai, Lao, Hmong, Vietnamese, etc) descent to share their work in a safe and supportive environment, and to expand people’s perception of “Asian America” that goes beyond East Asian narratives. They aim to inspire audience members to own their story and share it through creative outlets as a way to educate others of their unique and intersecting identities.