Here are the latest update for Street Stops to Mountain Tops March 2015:
(This is just the start of many blogs I will be having about this trip.)
We were the two people that went on this site visit trip and we hope to incorporate more artists that include Lue Thao Bboy Finisher, Longka Lor Bboy M-pact, Sengvilay KidJungle Aphay and more artists for the future project.
Other supporters have been Mouakong Vang, Hlee Lee, John Lo, and Say Yang with many other amazing people along the way.
The loose translation of Street Stops to Mountain Tops into Hmong is- Txoj Kev rau Saum Roob
The Site Visit
Our purpose for the site visit is
-To create strong connections with orphanages, Hmong Thai students, organizations, artists and influential people.
-To have discussions about the Street Stops to Mountain Tops project and get feedback from Hmong people in Thailand.
-To immerse ourselves into the way of life, struggles and gain a better understanding of Hmong people living in villages and orphanages of Thailand.
-To build partnerships with orphanages, Hmong Thai students, organizations, artists and influential people to collaboratively work on this project and make it a success.
Highlights that I will be blogging about for the Site Visit Trip:
- Our original plan was to have a site visit in December 2014 but it didn't work out.
- The Invitation by Bo Thao of AAPIP (Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy) and Red Green River to visit Thailand to network for our project and participate in The Hmong Women's Gathering in Paklang Hmong Village of Nan Province.
- There were two fundraisers called Midwest Connection to support this site visit trip to Thailand, one in Milwaukee, WI and one in St. Paul, MN.
- Preparation for our site visit trip to Thailand and all those that supported us.
- Our performance based Breakin' Hip Hop dance and Spoken Word / Hip Hop workshops with children in a Child Care Center of a Hmong Village up on a Mountain of Nan Province, Paklang Hmong Village also of Nan Province, and two orphanages by Chiang Mai.
- The people, culture, society and situation of Hmong in Thailand.
- Our observations moving forward for Street Stops to Mountain Tops.
- Thank you to all those that are involved and supported this project.
We finally have a logo created by friend and co-worker Mark Olivares: