For the Next Harvest
Submerged by colonization, Southeast Asian roots have survived flood after flood.
We’re reaped from our land and picked as a model minority.
A myth this becomes, as our trauma turns the soil barren.
Milled until we’re polished white, we blend into the snow of a new land that is not our own.
As the Earth unravels for the scorching of the sun, we settle into ash.
Black and Brown bodies rain like the chemicals that once fell on our land.
From George Floyd to Vincent Chin, let the solidarity of our echoes nurture the next harvest.
Meet the Artists
Ahnali Tran (she/her/hers) is a mixed-Vietnamese American artist based in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her family owns and operates the Dow Art Gallery in St. Paul, Minnesota. Through her family’s local art gallery, she is immersed in the local arts scene. Tran graduated from the Visual Arts Department at Perpich Center for Arts Education in 2020 and will be attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for Visual and Critical Studies in Fall of 2021. She works primarily in oil paint and watercolor, often on nontraditional surfaces to interrogate space and the physicality of art. She is passionate about topics such as immigration, identity, and generational magic. Follow her work in Instagram at @tranworks.
St. Paul, MN
Phillipe Thao (he/him/his), son of Hmong refugees, is a writer based in Saint Paul, MN. Phillipe received his Bachelor’s in public relations & advertising, as well as a minor in LGBTQ studies from DePaul University in Chicago. He works in advertising as a copywriter by day, but pursues freelance and personal writing on the side as a way to make sense of his queer Hmong identity. His work has been published in Teen Vogue, Catapult, and Chicago Tribune. Read more of his work at phillipethao.com.