8(9) by Bao Phi


Illustration for RadAzn’s zine from Nov 2018.

Accompaniment to Bao Phi’s poem, 8(9. Bao opens his poem with the following:

“In 2006, Minneapolis Police Officer Jason Andersen shot and killed Fong Lee, a nineteen year old Hmong American. Andersen was awarded a Medal of Valor, though the Lee family and community members allege that Fong Lee was unarmed and the gun found on the scene was planted by police. During a foot chase in North Minneapolis, Andersen shot at Lee nine times, 1 bullet missing, the other 8 hitting Fong Lee as he ran and as he lay dying on the ground.”