Name: May Lee-Yang
What’s your job?
“Writer, performance artist, and teaching artist. I also work as the interim executive director for Hmong Arts Connection, a nonprofit in St. Paul.”
Other than your job, what are your claims to fame?
“I write and perform the show Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman. For a while, I was also known as ‘The Sex Lady’ because I taught sex ed and sold adult toys, which inspired my show Ten Reasons Why I’d Be a Bad Porn Star.”
What’s your relationship status?
Where are you most likely to be seen?
“Sushi Tango (Woodbury), Phalen Village (which just opened up recently on the East Side of St. Paul), Trieu Chau, Café Latte—the theme here seems to be that I venture outside when I need to eat. Also, at Hmong Arts Connection’s office, which is located on the Concordia University campus.”
Where are you most likely not to be seen?
“Hipster night clubs.”
With what people are you most likely to be seen?
“My husband Peter Yang, and fellow artist Saymoukda ‘Mooks’ Vongsay.”
Where were you born?
“Ban Vinai, Thailand—though I’m not Thai.”
What neighborhood do you live in now?
“St. Paul’s Greater East Side.”
What’s your ride?
“I alternate between a Toyota Corolla and the city bus.”
What’s the best way to start a conversation with you?
“Just say hi though references to nerdish things like 80s pop culture and video games. Food will ensure that our conversations last longer.”
Photo courtesy May Lee-Yang