Christopher Newport University

Mai Khôi: "Bad Activist: Reflections on Music and Activism"

Once dubbed the "Lady Gaga of Vietnam," singer-songwriter Mai Khôi emerged from her life as a pop star to become an internationally lauded human rights activist. Her journey includes dialog with President Obama, police detention in Hanoi, and an invitation to the world stage in Oslo where she received the Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent.  In this talk, Mai Khôi provides a firsthand account of her upbringing in a country devastated by war, her rise to fame as a pop star, and her dangerous turn toward politics and activism. Featuring the protest songs that got her banned from singing in Vietnam, the talk reflects on the power and limitations of music to bring about social change. Mai Khôi also spotlights pressing human rights concerns in her home country, including censorship, police violence, and the persecution of environmental scientists who are raising the alarm about climate change.

Thursday, March 14 at 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Trible Library Theater

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