Sep 12

Carleton Breakfast Club with Tou Ger Xiong '96

Join us at the next Twin Cities Carleton Breakfast Club!

Thursday, September 12th, 2019
7:30 am / Perkins Restaurant
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4201 W. 78th St., Bloomington, MN

The Twin Cities Carleton Club invites you to the

Carleton Breakfast Club
with Tou Ger Xiong '96

Thursday, September 12, 2019
7:30 a.m.

Perkins Restaurant
4201 W. 78th St
Bloomington, MN 55435

The Carleton Breakfast Club speaker in September will be Tou Ger Xiong '96.

In his senior year at Carleton, Tou applied for a service fellowship from the Echoing Green Foundation and created Project Respectism, an educational service project that uses comedy, storytelling, and hip hop to bridge cultures and generations.  Since then, Project Respectism has evolved into a program that provides cultural entertainment and education for people of all professions and backgrounds. Tou has taken his message about respect to 45 states in the past 22 years.  He has given over 1,600 presentations nationwide to audiences of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, sometimes reaching as many as 10,000 people in a week.

Tou’s work as a Hmong artist and activist has been featured on national television, radio, and newspaper.  He has been quoted as "one of the most influential Hmong in America today".  A documentary/rap video of Tou’s project titled, “Hmong Means Free,” is currently airing on public television.  Tou also starred in “Portraits From the Cloth,” the first television movie about a Hmong family’s journey from war.  He is the recipient of the National Alumni Hall of Fame Award from the United Neighborhood Centers of America; Pride of St. Paul’s Spurgeon Award; 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Martin Luther King for his work in social justice; 2015 Hmong National Development IMPACT Award; and the 2016 Minnesota Mahatma Gandhi Award for his activism.  In March 2019, he was chosen as one of twenty-four Bush Foundation Leadership Fellows.  He also appeared as a finalist on “America’s Got Talent”.

Tou will share about his transition from refugee, to artist to activist in the past two decades.   

No RSVP necessary to attend! And save the date for the October Breakfast Club on October 10th.

For more information about Carleton Breakfast Club, contact the organizer: Marion Slocum '81.

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Sponsored by Twin Cities Carleton Club. Contact: Krista Herbstrith, Alumni Relations Office