Tag Archives: theater

Seeing “Snow Falling on Cedars” on Pearl Harbor Day underscored its message

Many Japanese Americans who’ve grown up since World War II — myself included — dreaded December 7 every year. As kids (and sometimes as adults) we’ve been taunted with hateful calls to “Go home, Jap!,” “Go back where you cam from!” and the classic, “Remember Pearl Harbor!” As if we could forget. The war happened […]

Dale Li vividly brings to life Japanese American tragedy in ‘Dust Storm’

Colorado’s first Asian American theater company, Theatre Esprit Asia (TEA), has launched its debut season with a pair of one-person plays in repertory, and I was fortunate to see one of them, “Dust Storm,” last week starring Dale Li. If you haven’t seen this or the other play, “Spirit and Sworded Treks” starring Maria Cheng, […]

It’s time to take the offensive yellowface of “The Mikado” off the stage

I recently blogged about a video produced by the City of Los Angeles – using taxpaper money – that was originally produced with good intentions: Explaining the importance of recycling water. But to make its point, the video used a ghastly, stereotypical caricature of geishas played by non-Asians with painted faces wearing kimonos, including one […]

Gwendoline Yeo’s one-woman stage production captures Asian American identity

We saw an awesome theatrical performance over the weekend, as part of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts‘ “Stories on Stage” series of dramatic literary readings. The performance was a draft of “Laughing with My Mouth Wide Open,” a work in progress. It’s a one-woman show by Gwendoline Yeo, an actress and musician from […]

East West Players developing “Krunk Fu Battle Battle,” Asian American hip-hop musical

MAY 2011 UPDATE: After a year and a half of hard work, revisions and improvements, East West Players has opened a finished production of “Krunk Fu Battle Battle” which runs through June 26, 2011. If you’re in LA or gonna be in LA, don’t miss this musical — we wish we could fly from Denver […]