saigon chinatown - bah's childhood neighborhood 🌆 (pictured is another area of saigon) during our first week here, we visited his old neighbors, ah yee and poh poh, who lived in an alley behind his old house.
ah yee was surprised we spoke teochew (and understood some of her canto!). most kids she's met who are born overseas (not in vietnam or hong kong or these different motherlands) don't speak their immigrant parents' native language.
retaining my teochew and learning canto has grown to be so important to me as i've gotten older.. to be able to communicate to the adults and elders in my life in ways that aren't possible in english. sometimes, gestures and food 🍚and looks and photos and sharing space fill in the gaps where words are lacking 🍃i'm thinking i really need to learn vietnamese now too.
for my gaginang out there, did you know there's a teochew-english app out there? i've been writing down words i don't know, repeating them over and over. sometimes i wish it came easier for me and that i was more fluent - especially when i'm in chinatown talking with residents or when i struggle to talk to my parents about why i'm doing what i'm doing..my aspirations..my emotions. language and intergenerational cultural barriers y'all. it's a learning process that i've committed myself to.. 🌱and i'm grateful for the patience these communities provide me while i stumble and when i find joy in pronouncing the right word in the right tone or being able to share a moment verbally.
when he visited bah's old neighbors, he described to ah yee how i volunteer in chinatown. i was so surprised! him and i have had very difficult talks (disagreements, miscommunication) about whatever i'm doing in chinatown. but he told her - just like how he told auntie who we're staying with - that i've been helping seniors and spending time in CT.
and although it's more than just me helping seniors (they're honestly the ones teaching me) because it's all about mutual help - i see bah recognizing me in small ways and just wow, baby steps ✨ i've been so blessed organizing and growing with CCED around tenants right, social and economic equity, and so much more (join us?) CHINATOWNS ❤
E asked for a "Japanese-ee lunch" instead of sandwiches. Apparently, all his class mates think his Japanese lunches are "AWESOME" so my drama king wants to brag on. Being one of the only 5 Asians (although my child is biracial😜) out of 800 kids comes with its own perks! Be proud of your rice-eating heritage boo!
I'm so happy that my baby is around such accepting kids. So many adults need to learn from these babies! Watching the news makes me go 😒
#asianamerican#latino#biracial kids 🎸 #bedifferent#diversity#lunchbox#bentgokids#bentoboxes 「サンドイッチじゃなくてジャパニーズお弁当を学校に持っていきたい！」と言ってきた息子。理由はその方が注目されるから😂
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NOMAD HOTEL by Carla Ching. 🎭
What an exceptional play!👏👏 👏👏👏
I went on Mon. Aug 14 to a FREE stage reading, #AsianAmericanMixFest Aug 9-17, 2017.
The cast's reading and pantomime exceeded all I ever imagined a play could convey without costumes, props, lighting, or scenery.
Summary: "A play about Motel Kids and Parachute Kids raising themselves and living at the poverty line in a land of plenty."
🎭Smooth blend of romantic drama--love across social class and culture--humorous, so poignant. Time flew! 🌟 Larkin and Griggs @mgriggz were phenomenal. ☄💯 Paired w the East flow of Ching's dialogue, I found myself wishing this were a serial, to see their rapport continue over time. I relate to discomfort, dissembling to prevent classmates seeing my home. I can't relate to 13 homes in 17 years, but early immigrant kid responsibility (Mason) or swallow pride to working and serve as peers (Alix), evoke painful memories. ☄
Drama gods, please grant a full production in #NomadMotel 's future! 💜💜💜💜💜
Cast: Christopher Larkin (Mason, a parachute kid from Hong Kong; Molly Griggs (Alix, a motel kid, one of 28,000 in Orange County, CA); Ken Leung (Jason, Mason's father); Heidi Shreik (Fiona, Alix's mother). Alex Hernandez (Oscar, Alix's ex-boyfriend) 🤔
Alix's line (paraphrase): "One year, you donate food to the neighborhood pantry for Thanksgiving. The next year, you are waiting in line for food." hit me hard as my funds have run out, while I search for work in NY🤔 🎭
Dir. Ed Sylvania Iskandar. Other playwrights inc Jessica Huang, Llyod Aug, Ravi Joseph, 🎭
Look for this festival of Asian American drama in 2018!!! #latergram#asianamerican#asianam#asianamericantheatre#atlantictheatrecompany#carlaching#NomadMotel#christopherlarkin#heidischrek#newdrama#kenleung#parachutekids#motelkids#mollygriggs