To Be Real

“To Be Real” zine is a collaboration between Tori Hong and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay. It is inspired by stories of Frogtown, Vietnam, immigration, war, family, generosity, and joy that Mr. Winston Tuan Nguyen shared with us over McDonald’s and phở.

Hong and Vongsay co-created the concepts for the zine. Hong illustrated and designed the zine. Vongsay wrote the poem.

This zine was a part of a performance — also titled “To Be Real” — that Vongsay and Hong wrote and performed together on 9/1/18 as a part of the 2018 Our Space Is Spoken For Fellowship. The zine was put inside lucky red envelopes with $2 bills and passed out to vendors and customers at the Sun Foods Farmers’ Market in Saint Paul. The performance also incorporated movement and invitation to take off ones’ shoes and come home.

Creating Abundance


“Creating Abundance” follows my journey of healing, using my sketches from the Twin Cities POCI Figure Drawing sessions as a guide. I hope it offers light to folks on their own journeys.

This zine is 5.5″ x 8.5″ folded, 31 pages long, black & white with one full color spread. it features sketches and reflections from the artist – aka love letters to witness and hold. Available for purchase. $7.00 + shipping & handling. Email me to order.

“Creating Abundance” was also be exhibited at Electric Machete Studios Dec 2017 – Feb 2018 as part of the Twin Cities People of Color & Indigenous Peoples Figure Drawing and Painting Group’s Exhibit.

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