By Dan Kwong
Compliment for Dan Kwong:"Somehow, Kwong has held onto his feel of childlike ask yourself in regards to the cosmos, and that awe informs his free-wheeling and uproarious performance."-Asian Week"He weaves notable, multi-focus degree images round uncomplicated monologues approximately his chinese language and jap grandfathers, ironic bills of his personal early life, and litanies of the rigors dealing with Asian American males."-L.A. Times"Saturated with high-spirited enthusiasm . . . a refreshingly forthright method of his frequently darkish material."-Chicago Tribune"Kwong's humor is hot and loving . . . it stems from a delightfully twisted style for the absurdity of human habit. . . . Be ready to giggle, to be moved, and to fall in love with a performer."-L.A. ReaderDan Kwong's performances delve into the complexities of becoming up as a working-class Chinese-Japanese-American male in L.A., land of Hollywood and Disney. Kwong's notable performances, a effective array of multimedia results and athletic physicalization, examine questions of id and the intersecting results of race, tradition, type, gender, and sexuality. From internal Worlds to Outer house brings jointly Kwong's scripts with illuminating observation via critic Robert Vorlicky. The publication contains interviews that demonstrate Kwong's own and inventive affects, his evolution as an artist, and his philosophical and technical method of art-making.
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From every time I ever tried to stand up and make a difference-and failed. From every time I ever tried to reach for peace-and got stepped on for it. For every time I was ever humiliated for feeling pain. And with no place to go where tears and rage could wash away that pain, that crust grew thicker and harder. I buried my pain and with it my hope. And I became numb. ) "The Peoples' Army belongs to the people. " That crust buckled. Cracked. And " H O PE" came up gasping for air! Along with all the pain that lay buried with it .
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Papa as a boy with his large family. Teenage papa wearing judo gi, looking quite formidable. 28 F R O M I N N E R W O R L D S T O O U T E R S PA C E Papa in his early twenties, posing with father. G randmother as young woman in formal kimono. G randmother with her family. Mama's sister performing tradi tional tea ceremony. "In traditional Japanese culture, the eldest son inher its virtually all of the family's wealth, leaving little to nothing for any other descendants. Papa was the sec ond son, and so his future was to be of his own mak ing.