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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Alvin Lau - Asia-America, Where Have You Gone?

Alvin Lau - Asia-America, Where Have You Gone?

I am a bit late on this but.....Happy 2009!! Let's start this year off with wake-up call. What you are about to see is not hip-hop; it is called spoken word. Spoken word poetry is a form of rap that that is similar to rap in hip hop but one of the major differences is that spoken word does not feature any instrumental beats nor drum beats at all.

Alvin Lau is a spoken word poet from Chicago, Illinois. He is of Chinese ancestry and the son of immigrant parents. He has placed 7th place at the Individual World Poetry Slam and 6th place at the National Poetry Slam when he was 20 years old. He is also Amnesty International's "Poet of Conscience". He is very active in the poetry slam scene and also an activist for social justice.

Asia-America, Where Have You Gone? was sent to me by one of my readers. This is a recorded live performance in 2006, where Alvin Lau was competing in the National Poetry Slam. This poem is about Alvin searching for his own Asian culture which is lost in America's melting pot. Many of you Asian-Americans will relate to this poem. Go check it out!

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