"Ntxoo Tori Hong"
Suzanne and Ruth are joined by Ntxoo Tori Hong, an Asian-American digital artist and illustrator. Ntxoo's most recent project: ‘Our Spring was Endless’, is an initiative through which she collaborated with Karen & Dawei poet, Thet-Htar. 'Our Spring was Endless' is a wholly unique generative NFT collaboration using art and blockchain technology to support women and children from Myanmar’s Karen State displaced by the military junta. It is a collection that centralizes the power of memory, using words and images in lockstep. Each minted NFT features a single hand-drawn house and artifacts from Burmese history, bordered with the English and Burmese poetry of Thet-Htar. Her words colour each image uniquely, imbuing them with the pain of hindsight, the bravery of resistance, and the ache of abnormality. 100% of the primary proceeds from this generative fundraiser will go to emergency aid for displaced Karen women and children via 501(c)(3) fiscally-sponsored charity Karen Women’s Organization, a woman’s community-based organization that provides emergency aid to 80,000+ displaced Karen people. Here Ntxoo discusses the initiative, her desire to bring the fight for Myanmar to Web3, explains how blockchain and NFT technology works (to a very confused Suzanne and Ruth!), and speaks about her allyship with the people of Myanmar and wanting to honour the martyrs of the revolution.
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Song: Kabar Makyay Bu (Until the End of the World), was written and recorded by Naing Myanmar, it became the revolutionary anthem of the 1988 pro-democracy movement and could be heard once again all over Myanmar during the 2021 Coup. Naing Myanmar maintains that the song is no longer his, since the '88 uprising “it belongs to everyone”.
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*Special thanks to Ntxoo Tori Hong, Thet Htar and Angelina Hong for this wonderful initiative, and to all those who continue to find ways to raise awareness and financial support for the people of Myanmar. We are so grateful to Ntxoo for adding her voice to the conversation. You can check out ‘Our Spring was Endless’ here: https://ntxoo.art/our-spring/
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