Facing Exclusion

Facing Exclusion:

Pioneering Activists Harry H. Dow and Tien Fu Wu

A one-woman performance, adapted farce, and community conversation

Opening Night & Reception: Friday, March 17, 7:30pm-10:00pm
Matinée: Saturday, March 18, 2:00pm-4:00pm
ArtsEmerson/Paramount Center, Black Box Theatre

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Part of ArtsEmerson’s Community Curators program, CHSNE presented a performance of Nutzacrackin’ Immigration and Naturalization depicting a fictional immigration interrogation during the Chinese Exclusion Act. The original script was written by Harry H. Dow, a Suffolk Law School graduate who became the first Chinese-American to pass the Massachusetts Bar exam in 1929. Christina R. Chan, a local actor, playwright, teaching artist and director, adapted the script for this performance. Chan also presented a selection from her one-woman play, Unbinding Our Lives, on the lived experience of Tien Fu Wu, a Chinese women living in San Francisco at the turn of twentieth-century—also in honor of its 25th anniversary.

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Featured performers also include Eric Cheung (Yung), Tim Corbett (Chief Inspector), Alexander Holden (Dow), Sophia Koevary (Miss French), Danny Mourino (Rosen), and Josh Santora (Mulloy).

To close the program, a panel discussion and community conversation connected this history to present day. Panelist include:

Moderator: Patricia Reeve (Suffolk)
Christina R. Chan
Ragini Shah (Suffolk Law)
Paul W. Lee (Community Leader)

Moderator: Elisa Choi (MA Asian American Commission)
Christina R. Chan
Ragini Shah (Suffolk Law)
Stephanie Fan (Community Leader)

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