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9/12/2016 12:09:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
AARP Honors 50 Minnesotans Over 50 - Cannon Falls' Bee Yang Recognized As A 50 Plus Leader
Bee Yang
AARP Minnesota and Pollen unveiled the first ever Minnesota 50 Over 50 list this week. The 50 individuals are being honored as accomplished community leaders who are defying stereotypes about aging. Bee Yang, from Cannon Falls, has been selected as an arts and culture leader on the 50 over 50 list.

Sixty-year-old Bee Yang inspires both young and old with the beauty and depth of his Hmong song poetry, expanding the boundaries of poetic understanding and celebrating a language and worldview that is in danger of becoming lost. Through his art, Bee documents the history and reality of Hmong culture, drawing upon his experiences as a young boy in the villages of Laos, a teenager fleeing persecution, a refugee in Thai camps, and an immigrant building a new future in America. At festivals and other public gatherings, Bee gifts his people-and the rest of us-the poet's perspective on the human heart and reminds us that what really matters is the journey we take to realize our own self-worth.

"This list confirms the amazing contribution being made by Minnesotans over the age of 50. These outstanding individuals are leading and inspiring communities of all kinds, colors and sizes. It is a remarkable list that only begins to tell the tale of what older Minnesotans are accomplishing," said Seth Boffeli, Interim Director of AARP Minnesota.

"Ageism is real. 50 Over 50 not only recognizes the accomplishments and possibilities that come with age, but by celebrating these leaders we dismantle wrong and hurtful stereotypes about aging," said Jamie Millard, Executive Director of Pollen.

The final 50 honorees were selected from a pool of 350 nominations that were submitted earlier in the year. Candidates were nominated in five different categories; Nonprofit, Arts and Culture, Community Building, Business and Disruptor. A ten member selection panel worked with AARP and Pollen to determine the final honorees.

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