"Thousand Star Hotel" with Bao Phi / by Ngoc-Tran Vu

Bao Phi is by the lectern, reading his pieces from his published book to the audience.          (Photo: Tran)

Bao Phi is by the lectern, reading his pieces from his published book to the audience.          (Photo: Tran)

On a cool Monday, Vietnamese American poet Bao Phi had held an event at the Pao Art Center, where he passionately reads his pieces, from his published book, "Thousand Star Hotel," then ends it on a question and answer session. His published book contains poems written from his experiences, his parents' experience, struggles from being Asian and/or foreign. Written pieces dissects the idea of self-hate, love desire, etc. The process of the book was written in a mindset, which he challenges himself to resist the negative lens given by culture and society.

This event was very special and worth the experience. Especially hearing from Bao Phi, as he shows his colors and great gratitude to every members (from volunteers, staffs to audience members). He also spoke about the importance of having more than just one Vietnamese narrative and that the Vietnamese people are the best ones to tell their stories.

Don't worry if you missed his reading, you can still get a hold of his book, "Thousand Star Hotel," where you can read more pieces than what he presented that day! All in all, it was a great way to end a Monday night!

-Kathy Le