Theater Experience: Soft Power

Theater Experience: Soft Power

I am sitting in the middle of the fifth row of the Curran Theater in San Francisco. Elegantly shaped metals surround a looming stage, lit to resemble twilight. It is thirty minutes in to Soft Power, the brand new satirical stage experience, described in one account as “chocolate with a razer blade inside” and one unlike anything you’ve ever seen, created by Tony Award winner and AAPI arts hero David Henry Hwang and Tony Award winner Jeanine Tesori. The show focuses on Xue Xing, a Chinese executive in 2016 America, falling in love with a free-spirited U.S. leader, their relationship changing them and how they view their countries.

#KollabSFGetsLit with R.O. Kwon, Author of The Incendiaries

#KollabSFGetsLit with R.O. Kwon, Author of The Incendiaries

R.O. Kwon’s debut novel The Incenteraries has been named “Most Anticipated Book of 2018” by many news outlets such as PBS, New York Times, and Entertainment Weekly. The anticipation and the press is well-deserved considering that she had been working on the novel for the past 10 years. I got the chance to talk to R.O. Kwon on the phone to discuss her influences, her sense of family and community, and even karaoke.

Hepatitis Awareness & Mental Health Awareness Month

May marks a time to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American culture and heritage with fellows Americans throughout the country. However, it is also a time to generate conversation and awareness for viral hepatitis and mental health illnesses. Learning more about these illnesses are important to tackling the stigma and discrimination associated with them.