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In Embracing Poetry, Alex Dang Is Connecting With His Roots

Alex Dang's poem "What Kind of Asian Are You?" was the first time he explored race in his spoken word, according to Dang.
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Alex Dang never realized the power of poetry until he found himself one night, hoping to practice a rap he wrote, in high school at a poetry slam. "I just fell in love with this art form where it was the same kind of writing that you see in theater and hip hop," Dang told NBC News. "It was so poetic, it was heightened, it was elevated, it was dense."

Dang began to explore poetry and spoken word, and began to explore topics related to identity, penning a powerful piece titled "What Kind of Asian Are You?" that went viral.

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