This morning I finally sent my monograph Performing Asian Transnationalisms: Theatre, identity and the geographies of performance to Routledge. Hurrah! People have asked me to write a blog post about writing a book, and I will do that in the next week or so when I have recovered! I am a bit wiped out from the final … More Book.Sent.To.Publishers.
I have been quiet the last 6 months whilst I knuckled down to finish the monograph (more on that later….) but as part of British East Asian Artists, we lobbied the Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey, as he was setting up diversity initiatives to address the marginalisation of Black actors in mainstream culture. With the … More Update: BEAA lobby Ed Vaizey
Artists from Swansea try to collaborate with artists from China. Over many years and several (failed) attempts. Dealing with bureaucracy. Trying to find Chinese artists to collaborate with. How do you even meet artists in China, when you are sat in a boardroom with gallery owners? These are some of the problems that beset the … More Let’s See What Happens…..
Some quick thoughts about the NT 50 celebrations: 1) I loved it. Sponge like whilst watching that television. 2) I realised that this is where some of our acting legends made their names. 3) Why doesn’t Tim Piggot Smith do more? Or Lindsay Duncan? Michael Gambon is Mr. Pinter. 4) Adrian Lester is sensational. He always … More #NT50
Last week, folk I know such as Anna Chen, Daniel York and Dr Anne Witchard were on this BRILLIANT program by Philip Dodd on BBC Radio 4 called ‘Overwhelming China’. Listen here. Finally, a program that was balanced in terms of recognising the fear of the Yellow Peril, the contemporary manifestations of this fear as … More Contemporary Imaginations of China
Incidentally, after yesterday’s Fu Manchu blog, where I mentioned Anna May Wong in a 1920s period tv show I remembered one of my favourite photographs of all time. Which is this… Paul Robeson, Anna May Wong and Mei Lanfang outside Claridge’s Hotel in 1935. Ok, so a bit later than I immediately remembered. But my … More PS: Pondering 1920s set tv programs
I haven’t blogged much recently, as it’s marking term. However, I have seen a number of ‘China plays’ (as I like to call them) in London but I have wanted to think about the connections between them, or rather, to wait and see if there were any connections between them. I write, in part, about … More China on my Mind
Last Saturday, I was privileged to do the public Q&A with David Henry Hwang at the UK premiere of his 2008 award winning play Yellow Face at the Park Theatre in Finsbury, London. Thanks to Kevin Shen, Lucy Fenton and David for inviting me to do this! We had 45 minutes of lively and humour filled … More Q&A with David Henry Hwang
I listened to this yesterday and laughed my head off. For anyone mixed race, I think you are really going to love it too. Or if you’re South African. Or liberal. It is just fantastic. You’d better hurry as there’s only 4 days left on the iplayer. What really got me though was that what … More Trevor Noah: The Racist
Quick post #2 This is why I bang on about racial representation. Thanks to the film ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ we are back to ye olde hackneyed representations of Asians, now, mightily conveniently, updated to North Korea. So timely. These negative portrayals have resulted in a swathe of racist anti-Asian sentiment ‘let’s kill Asians’ from people … More Race and Film: Olympus Has Fallen