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Ada Cheng: "Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire"
7:00 PM19:00

Ada Cheng: "Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire"

  • The National Cambodian Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial (map)
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Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller, author, and performing artist. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. She has performed her solo show, NOT QUITE: ASIAN AMERICAN BY LAW, ASIAN WOMAN BY DESIRE, at National Storytelling Conference, Capital Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Boulder International Fringe Festival, and Houston Fringe Festival so far in 2017. Her motto: "Make your life the best story you tell. "

From Ada Cheng: "I designed this solo performance, Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire, with political urgency. This show is a direct response to our current political climate and the TrumpPresidency. In this solo, I use "not quite" to connect several main themes, including but not limited to the meanings of home(land), the institutionalization of the alien status, the fractured nature of Asian American identity, and the politics of intersectionality. I intend this show to be an artistic intervention and a challenge to current politic affairs and intellectual debates. This is one of the ways I resist and protest as an artist-storyteller-scholar."

Admission is $10 where the proceeds will go towards the National Cambodian Heritage Museum. The museum has provided tradional Cambodian music / arts / dance classes to youths and all of our community members in Chicago / Chicagoland area. In addition, the museum is the only one internationally outside of Cambodia that focuses on the Cambodian Kiling Fields genocide 1975-79 where over 2 million Cambodian civilians were killed, and the healing efforts for our Cambodian genocide survivors. During the Cambodian genocide, many of its artists, writers, scholars were executed as they were seen as threats to the Khmer Rouge regime. In honor of their contribution, the museum honors their space to allow fellow artists to express their creativity, individuality, and advocacy.

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Cambodian Mask Dance Workshop
6:00 PM18:00

Cambodian Mask Dance Workshop

Please come join the workshop about "Cambodian Mask Dance", facilitated by Rady Nget. He is a male mask dancer and contemporary dancer. He has toured to Europe and throughout Asia and as a contemporary dancer has performed in numerous works of contemporary dance as well as participated in many contemporary dance workshops. Rady has already created a number of his own works including The Feeling for Street Children. Rady received his undergraduate degree in Fine Art from the Royal University of Fine Arts in 2013, and he is now teaching at Faculty of Choreographic Arts, RUFA. Rady is 2017 Asian Cultural Council grantee and he has had his work presented at the Judson Church as well. 


  • June 2 2017 | 6PM-8PM
  • June 3 2017 | 10AM - 12PM and 1PM-3PM
  • June 4 2017 | Performance : Time and place : TBA

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