Among B-Boys, Travel In Spirals, Hmong Hip Hop, And Boom Bap Village

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Friday, July 1st
“Among B-Boys” Movie Screening

2 p.m.
Hamline University: The Hub (in the same building where the Student Center Ballroom is located)
1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104
Boom Bap Village 2011

… In conjunction with…

"Boom Bap Village Breakdance Competition"

Friday, July 1st · 5pm - 10pm
Hamline University: Student Center Ballroom
1536 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104

$5 Entry Fee

Boom Bap Village is an all ages Hmong Hip Hop event that will take place on July 1st during the first day of the annual Hmong Sports tournament at Como Park in St. Paul. The name Boom Bap Village comes from how Hip Hop has uplifted refugee and immigrant communities that may have originated from villages. It reflects how Hip Hop has helped these members establish a voice, as well as a creative means of self-expression.

Saturday, July 2nd
Screening of “Among B-Boys” and “Travel in Sprials”

6 p.m.
Buetow Music Auditorium
Concordia University
275 Syndicate St. N.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Concordia University will be providing screenings of the following documentaries: “Among B-Boys” and “Travel in Spirals.”

Among B-boys was initially created as a short film. Director, Christopher Woon, has since turned this into an hour long feature documentary focusing on two main story lines, that of B-Boy Sukie and the Velocity/Soul Rivals and twin brothers, Bboys Mpact and Villn of Underground Flow. The documentary takes us geographically from Merced, Fresno and Sacramento in the California Central Valley, to Long Beach, California to as far as Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s a multigenerational view of the impact B-Boying has had on the Hmong American community, the contributions made by these B-Boys, and the identities they are seeking to forge. For additional information, please visit the following webpage at:

Travel in Spirals tells the story of Hmong hip-hop MC, spoken word poet, and community organizer Tou SaiKo Lee and his journey back to his birthplace of Thailand. Born on the Nongkhai refugee camp, his parents fled Laos after the Vietnam War and came to America when Tou was two months old. Taking its title from the spirals in Hmong paj ntaub, Travel in Spirals documents Tou’s journey to the source of himself and his heritage almost 30 years after he left. For additional information, please visit the following weblink: