About Tou SaiK Lee
Tou SaiK is known to teach and inspire as a public speaker and performer. Lee is an Intergenerational Bridge Builder through his experience working with youth and elders in community. Lee facilitates workshops to give opportunities for participants through arts of storytelling, songwriting and spoken word poetry with a focus on cultural identity within refugee and immigrant experiences. Tou presents his own journey to understand his cultural identity through the collaboration with his grandma Youa Chang who does Hmong poetry chanting. He also relearned his native language through writing songs, overcame gang violence to achieve success by learning of the struggles his people had to overcome historically. Tou talks about his own story, how he found Hip Hop, broke out of his shell as a shy child, and how creative writing gave him a voice to express life challenges.
"Tou SaiK Lee is an inspirational performer. Using his gifts as a talented lyricist to convey messages of social importance. A fantastic example of someone using culture and art to drive social change. I wholeheartedly endorse the work that he is doing."
Councillor Rishi ShoriLeader of Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
Greater Manchester Lead for Young People & Social Cohesion
"Tou SaiK Lee performed spoken word in front of our 60 young immigrant Green Card Youth Voices authors and inspired them both with his personal story and amazing talent. We were all deeply touched by his honesty and vulnerability. I highly recommend him as both a speaker and performer."
Tea Rozman ClarkExecutive Director of Green Card Voices
"Tou SaiK’s presentation on Hmong culture could be described as nothing less than inspiring, leaving the audience to want to do more research on their own. The boundaries Tou SaiK pushed and innovations he's portrayed only encourage the audience to listen closer and learn more."
Logan JohnsonStudent at Metropolitan State University
"He has a gentle way with the students and was highly regarded among all. Moreover, his talent went unnoticed – beautifully lyrical and meaningful in thought."
Sarah Schmidt6th Grade Teacher, Middleton Elementary
"Thank you for being so generous by sharing your knowledge of your cultural history and how your people have been healing themselves through oral traditions of storytelling, music and poetry for centuries."
Larry TuckerOwner and Co-Founder of Kente Circle at Kente Circle's Training Institute Fall Conference 2018
"Tou SaiKo Lee has a unique ability to skillfully weave the past with the present. He cares a great deal about Hmong oral traditions but also present-day musical practices in the United States."
Dr. Ian BairdDirector, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"Through his charisma, enthusiasm, belief in and patience with students, and his own formidable performance-poetry talent, he brings classrooms full of students to a place of collaborative commitment they otherwise would never experience."
Andy HuellerMiddle School English Teacher, St. Paul Academy and Summit School
Author of How I Got Rich Writing C Papers
"My students were moved by his candid stories about his contributions to Hmong cultural production. They found his mission to bridge multigenerational cultural knowledge within the Hmong community so inspiring that they continued to discuss his insights days and weeks after his presentation."
H. Julie KaeAssistant Professor, Metropolitan State University