MINNEAPOLIS — Chay Douangphouxay’s chapbook, Remission: Finding Light in the Midst of Social Darkness, is being published with a release party on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Regla De Oro Art Gallery, 3007 Lyndale Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Refreshments will be served.
The poems in this collection are inspired by the life and experiences of the author from her humble beginnings in the Thai refugee camps to growing up as a second-class citizen in the Housing Projects of North Minneapolis. Despite all her struggles, Douangphouxay was able to rise above the tides of her environment, attain a college education, and advocate for her community.
“I hope to use this book as a motivating tool to inspire others to be active change makers despite all the racial discrimination, stereotypes, social, and political unrest,” says Douangphouxay.
Douangphouxay is one of ten Legacy Fellows who will be showcasing their work in December 2012. The Legacy Fellowship Program is a leadership and capacity-building program of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans and its collaborator, the Minnesota Humanities Center. In May 2009, the Minnesota State Legislature asked the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans to collaboratively create new programs and events that celebrate and preserve the artistic, historical, and cultural heritages of the communities represented by CAPM. Our hope is that the Legacy Fellowship Program will increase the number of artists of Asian Pacific Islander descent to work in the area of art and cultural preservation.
For more questions, please contact May Lee-Yang at [email protected] or call 651-336-0726.