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I Survived 2018 and Here are the Highlights!

December 31st, 2018

2018 like 2017 was a rough freaking year.  My eyebrows are inexplicably missing of late (likely from stress).  I couldn’t stop looking at pictures of buffets today (Google says that maybe food fixation is about an eating disorder or anxiety).  And a bunch of beloved people in my community passed this year.  And in the last few months I had an unimaginable number of stressful situations charge at me.

I look at pics of me from January and now and I have aged…  Oh god, how much I’ve aged.

But I have some great memories from this year and despite the exhaustion, that’s what I’m taking with me.

Here’s a look at 17 Highlights of 2018:

1. I was a presented by the US Consulate in Nigeria!


By a chance recommendation, I was invited to perform The Wong Street Journal at the Lagos Theater Festival in Nigeria in February, presented by the US Consulate.  Nigeria is a five hour flight from Uganda, where the show was researched. Lagos is so incredibly vibrant, filled with fantastic people.  Because I was presented by the US Consulate, I was treated like a CELEBRITY.  I met the most famous comedians, actors and change makers in Lagos.  In the picture above from left to right is Abisoye A. Akinfolarin (CNN Heroes Nominee), Chigul (comedian and actress who was on a billboard outside my hotel!), Mandy Uzonitsha (Nigeria’s grandmother of stand-up comedy), Basketmouth (Hella famous comedian) and Ali Baba (godfather of Nigeria’s stand-up comedy scene).

2. I was on late night television in Nigeria!

I had such a good time in Nigeria.  Every hour was packed.  We were shuttled around in an armored car, sometimes with an armed guard!  I was on a lot of radio including this podcast with My Africa Podcast.

And I went to fancy parties at the Consulate General’s home where I used cocktail napkins that had the United States Government seal on them!

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I was on Nigeria’s version of the Daily Show hosted by Okey Bakassi.  You can read about this first  show in the New Yorker.

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And literally, hours before I left town, I squeezed in one late night appearance on Ali Baba’s “Seriously Speaking”.  We had come from watching Femi Kuti perform at the New Africa Shrine where he touched my finger!

3. I returned to Uganda where I made music videos!

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After five years of making and touring The Wong Street Journal, I returned back to Gulu, Uganda– where the stories first began.  I reunited with the folks I had met there– Nerio Badman and the other rappers on my Mzungu Price Album.  I went to Nerio’s home village.  We shot THREE music videos.  (We shot four actually, but I will never let the fourth video see the light of day).  And it felt like a full circle way to come back to a story I’ve lived aloud in front of audiences over the last three years.  We also recorded a rap song called “Nigerian Prince” that we wrote and recorded in an hour and a half.

 

4.  I was a Dandy Minion in Taylor Mac’s 24 Hour History of American Music.

Because this was a year of extremes, I had the pleasure of being both in an African village and in “Taylor Mac’s 24 Hour History of American Music” in the same week.  If you don’t know MacArthur Genius Taylor Mac or of this 24 hour drag-stravaganza performance, you aren’t living.  As someone who makes work that can tour, it was amazing to be part of something so long and extravagant.

5. I helped Asian American women talk about sex and it was like for the greater good of social science!

I’m beginning to see how being a performance artist can actually be useful for more than just exposing my worst.  I worked with social science professors to talk about Sexual Health experience with what will hopefully be future focus groups for studies.

6. I launched my newest performance work… “Kristina Wong for Public Office”!

I debated dogs.  Opened a campaign headquarters in Chinatown. And gave the most insane campaign speech ever.

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I received the COLA Career Artist Fellowship grant from the City of Los Angeles to create a new work and I decided

7.  I launched my web series Radical Cram School!

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8. I got hate from Nazis and then made this response video!

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Turns out Nazis didn’t take to my series very well.  But I didn’t let them have the last word.

9. I did this amazing theater project with undocumented immigrants!

Thanks to the Artist-in-Residence Award from the Department of Cultural Affairs Los Angeles, I was able to make this original theater piece with the undocumented community.

10. I am a finalist for the Sherwood Award!

The winner is announced at the end of January.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

11. I was the Performing Artist in Residence at the San Diego Airport!

12.  Engagements all over the freaking country!

Arizona!  Wyoming!  Boston!  Knoxville!  Portland!  Santa Barbara!  St. Louis! Miami!

13.  I wrote a bunch of essays!

I Give Up On Trying To Explain Why The Fetishization Of Asian Women Is Bad  (Huffington Post)

Movie review of Crazy Rich Asians (Grok Nation)

How I finally stopped worrying and embraced makeup (Grok Nation)

14.  I filed to run for an actual elected political office!

 

15.  I’m simultaneously attempting to crowd fund for Season 2 of Radical Cram School. 

In the spirit of a year where I’m literally on top of myself, I simultaneously running for Public Office while raising money for my unrelated web series.  It’s a lot like how many friend many years ago was hella pregnant while trying to open her cafe in the Castro– I don’t recommend this.

But right now, I’m pretty desperately asking the world to help me meet the bare minimum of $16K in fundraising so I can get the greenlight.  We’re going to have more music, more puppets and guest Aunties, Uncles and non-genderconforming mentors join us.  Get in on a revolutionary series that will piss off the Nazis!

16. I NET $5000 in sales on Poshmark!

I went a wee bit too far into my resale obsession this year.  I sold hundreds of items out of my bedroom.  Which yes, also meant that I acquired hundreds of items in my bedroom.  It wasn’t so much as profitable as it was as soothing as picking away at a scab, letting it rebleed and then picking at it again.  There was this great joy when I could pack something up and send it out of my home forever.

17.  I was in a few films and things!
It turns out that there weren’t too many “Get Out the Vote” PSAs for the Asian American community.

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I also am in Jess DelaMerced’s short film “PHONY” that is executive produced by Paul Feig.

 

Ok, I’m tired.  Happy New Year.

 

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RADICAL CRAM SCHOOL has launched!!

September 4th, 2018

WE FREAKING DID IT!  We launched a 6 episode web series for kids!

“Radical Cram School” Web Series

is Sesame Street for the Resistance

How do we keep girls of color from internalizing the racist and misogynistic rhetoric amplified by
the election of a presidential bully? How do we empower them to embrace their identities and
become allies to other social movements? “Radical Cram School” is a new web series on
YouTube that seeks answers to these questions through humor and fun. The series title,
“Radical Cram School,” is a social justice twist on the phenomenon of “cram schools” — high
intensity academic tutoring centers frequented by Asian communities.

Hosted by comedian Kristina Wong, the series features nine kids of Asian American heritage,
ages 7 to 11, eight of whom identify as girls and one who identifies as gender fluid. Over 6
unscripted episodes, Kristina and the kids play games, put on a puppet show, and sing the
blues to explore topics such as structural racism, misogyny, identity, and bullying. While the
subject matter skews mature, the kids’ unscripted reactions are hilarious and heartwarming.
Puppeteer Anna Michelle Wang is featured in two episodes with her popular Asian American
puppet character, Hanna Rochelle.

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RADICAL CRAM SCHOOL Episode #1 MEDIA STUDIES

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RADICAL CRAM SCHOOL Episode #2 VOCABULARY

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RADICAL CRAM SCHOOL Episode #3 DRAMA

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RADICAL CRAM SCHOOL Episode #4 STATISTICS

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RADICAL CRAM SCHOOL Episode #5 SOCIAL STUDIES

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RADICAL CRAM SCHOOL Episode #6 MUSIC (Original Music Video for “ASIAN GIRL BLUES”)

“Radical Cram School” is directed by Jenessa Joffe and produced by Kristina Wong, Jenessa Joffe, Theodore Chao, and Anna Michelle Wang. This series is geared towards kids of color (and grown kids of color), parents and educators who want to engage kids in conversations about identity and social justice, fans of comedy, and activist communities.

 

 

 

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Buy Original Art from the Set of Radical Cram School!

July 12th, 2018

You need socially progressive art for your collection and we need to finish this edit on our “Radical Cram School” web series featuring the young Asian American girls (above)!  

Let’s make this happen!

All art items were actually used on our set and are the ONLY items like them in existence.  Because they have been used on a set there may be characteristic flaws, fingerprints, or dings. But they are all in great and in display-worthy condition.

Suggested Donation prices include US shipping!

*International buyers please contact me for shipping rates.

Make the contribution here and send me your address in the notes so I can mail.  If the item is not marked “SOLD” below, it’s still available!

 

Yuri Kochiyama Poster
Art by Kirby Araullo and Yee Xiong
Dimensions: 37” x 24”
Mounted on Foam Core
Suggested Donation Price: $250/ shipped anywhere in the US

Grace Lee Boggs Poster
Art by Alex Chiu
Dimensions:  32” x 24”
Mounted on Foam Core
Suggested Donation Price: $250/ shipped anywhere in the US

“Resistance Auntie” Poster
Art by Shing Yin Khor
Dimensions: 29” x 24”
Mounted on Foam Core
Suggested Donation Price: $250/ shipped anywhere in the US

“MICROAGGRESSION” Felt Flashcard
Designed by Kristina Wong
Sewn by our Art Department
Materials:  Felt, thread, Cardboard inside
Dimensions: 7”x 30”
Suggested Donation Price: $200/ shipped anywhere in the US


“FEMINISM” Felt flashcard
Designed and Sewn by Kristina Wong
Materials:  Felt, thread, Cardboard inside
Dimensions: 6” x 25”
Suggested Donation Price: $200/ shipped anywhere in the US


“MISOGYNY” Felt flashcard
Designed and Sewn by Kristina Wong
Materials:  Felt, thread, Cardboard inside
Dimensions: 6.5” x 23”
Suggested Donation Price: $200/ shipped anywhere in the US

“INTERSECTIONALITY” Felt flashcard
Designed and Sewn by Kristina Wong
Materials:  Felt, thread, Cardboard inside
Dimensions: 5.5” x 28.5”
Suggested Donation Price: $200/ shipped anywhere in the US

“STRUCTURAL RACISM Felt flashcard
Designed and Sewn by Kristina Wong
Materials:  Felt, thread, Cardboard inside
Dimensions: 9” x 20.5”
Suggested Donation Price: $200/ shipped anywhere in the US

“GENDER NON-BINARY” Felt flashcard
Designed and Sewn by Kristina Wong
Materials:  Felt, thread, Cardboard inside
Dimensions: 10” x 19”
Suggested Donation Price: $200/ shipped anywhere in the US


“OPPRESSION” Felt flashcard
Designed and Sewn by Kristina Wong
Materials:  Felt, thread, Cardboard inside
Dimensions: 7” x 28”
Suggested Donation Price: $200/ shipped anywhere in the US

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Man did I have a crazy last 30 days of life.

March 29th, 2018

In the last month I’ve been scrubbed down in public baths in Istanbul and Koreatown, made my debut on Nigerian TV, filmed music videos in Uganda, gave a out Gold Record award in a rural village in Uganda, then performed in the mountains of Wyoming before running around with drag queens for a 24 hour show in Los Angeles.

Now I’m in the first slow week since I’ve returned and pretty freaking depressed.   I’m currently wrapped in a blanket at home trying to understand what life is and how to continue the frenzy of the last month.  My colleagues say I should use the time to “rest and reflect” and to that I say HELL NO!  I want to continue a crazy schedule that prevents me from thinking about the agony of life!

One month ago, I left Los Angeles for Nigeria. I was representing America in the Lagos Theater Festival.  That’s right.  I, Kristina Wong, was REPRESENTING AMERICA in Africa.  The day before I left, I debated a dog in my first mock debate… you see, I’m running for Public Office next year and as part of my preparation, I am working on my mock debate skills.

I won by a vote of 24 to 6.

And this was perhaps the most mundane thing that happened in the last month.

 

The first stop before Nigeria was in Istanbul for a 20 hour layover.  I was traveling with Molly, my technician who ran the show in Portland.  Any Asian American will tell you that traveling to non-Asian countries abroad usually means having China! Japan! Korea! screamed at you ad nauseum.  My last trip to Istanbul was characterized by a lot of verbal harassment in the streets.  In a few situations, men would actually follow me or sit next to me when I was trying to get a moment alone.  But this time around, the experience was the opposite.  Nobody screamed at me in the street.  People were very friendly.  I think traveling with a white person in the tourist off season had to do with it.

It was only inside the Turkish bath that I got separated from Molly and lumped in with a group of tourists from China.  The Turkish women working there who don’t know any English would call to me “China!” to tell me it was my time to get scrubbed.  But it was kind of funny.

 Highlights from Nigeria:

  1. I was on Nigeria’s version of “The Daily Show”!  THE OTHER NEWS.

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This New Yorker article about Nigeria’s first news satire show had come out before I arrived in Nigeria.  I had no idea that I’d be a guest on the show with only a day’s notice.  I was happy just to meet the team that puts the show together.  The staff writers were so cool.

  1. I met famous freaking Nigerians at a reception that the US Consulate held for me.

    When the US Consulate in Lagos asks local celebrities to show up for a reception… oh man, do they show up.  I met female comedians who do a show called “Ladies of Laughter.”  I met famous music artists like Tuface and Korede Bello.  I met famous comedians like BasketMouth and Ali Baba.  I also have a ton of pics with famous Nigerians, some of them I’m not even sure who they are. 

  2. I was taken around in an armored vehicle.  Sometimes with an armed guard with a bigass gun!

    In Los Angeles, I walk around vulnerable.  Just yesterday a block from my home I got one of the longest catcalls from a moving car in recent memory.  It was like this guy was reading a half page description of my butt to me from his car.  But in Nigeria, because I was a guest of the US Consulate, Molly and I were ushered at all times in an armored vehicle. We had staff at the consulate escort us everywhere.  We didn’t have walk more than a block as the car had to drop us off directly in front of where we needed to go at all times.  We were literally moving in a bubble of privilege.

    In fact the only time we attempted to travel alone was when we cross the street from our hotel to see if this souvenir stand was open (it was closed).  Victoria Island really isn’t much of a walking culture.  Most of the architecture was like fortress after security armed fortress.  If we were driving to an area outside of the “Green Zone” then a guard with a giant rifle would travel with us.  This sounds crazier and more dangerous than it actually was out there.  It’s this weird thing that being a guest of the US Consulate makes you a target, and yet only the US Consulate can provide this insanely high level of security.

  1. I did the sweatiest most difficult show in my life.  I got through it.

    The entire country of Nigeria runs on half the electricity of North Korea.  This means that me doing the kind of heavy tech video show that I do requires a space to have generators that power all the lights, sound, and air conditioning of a space.  That means tech can get sweaty. This means shows are sweatier.  And sometimes, during tech, we would be sitting in the dark waiting for the power to be turned on.

    Also, Nigerian audiences watch theater differently than my audiences at home.  They get up in the middle of the show, talk to someone else, take photos, text— it’s hella distracting.  And yet after, they all asked to take pics with me.  Weird.

  2. I met amazing inspiring women and young girls.

    One event that the consulate had me do was a discussion at “Lady Labs”– a space where young girls are learning how to code. But also at that meeting were women who had started organizations to raise awareness around gender based violence.  It took all of two seconds upon my arrival to realize that I had nothing to teach them, and instead, opted to facilitate a conversation between these women (many who live in the same city but have never met before) to discuss what resources they have to share and what work it is that they are doing.  My jaw dropped at how well spoken the 13 year old girls were.  One girl was describing an app she was creating to end genital mutilation.

  3. I was on the My Africa podcast.

    I was on one of the best podcasts coming out of Nigeria.  I talked a lot about the similarities between Chinese Americans and Nigerians. Osagie who interviewed me, did better research than most Americans who interview me.
    LISTEN TO IT HERE.

  1. I was a little riot on late night TV in Nigeria.

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    Ali Baba is Nigeria’s FIRST stand-up comedian.  He started doing stand-up when there were no venues for it.  He studied American comics on VHS.  And now younger comics LITERALLY bow to him.  Not only did Ali Baba come to my comedy workshop, he had me on his late night comedy show.  We were a hoot.

    Here is Ali Baba in my comedy workshop held at the City Hall building in Lagos.

  2. I really got to meet the locals at the New Africa Shrine.

    Check this out.  The US Consulate has so much pull in Lagos, that they actually got Femi Kuti (son of Fela Kuti) to perform early for us.  Femi Kuti is such a legend that when they tell you that you aren’t allowed to film, people actually adhere to the rule (unlike my shows in Lagos which were totally being filmed without my permission).  Also, Femi Kuti touched my finger!!!

    So the guy in the above picture literally was holding a joint and waved us over to sit with him.  I think his girlfriend was at the table too, but he was like “she’s just my friend”.  I don’t think so.  She just looked into the distance when we sat down and ignored us.  I’m pretty sure she pissed that he invited us to disrupt their date.

  3. A college literally stopped classes for a day to put a show on for us.Check out the image they have projected:  “US Embassy Stand-up Comedy Workshop with Kristina Wong.”  Because it’s so difficult to explain WTF it is I actually do, the wonderful PEFTI Film Institute billed me as a premiere American stand-up comedian and announced that I was hosting “stand-up comedy tryouts.”

    I felt like a low rent Margaret Thatcher as I sat in a front row easy chair next to Molly and we were treated to performances of African pop songs.  They take American ambassadors super seriously!!  They also played the American national anthem.  And everything about their rendition pretty much sums up how I feel about 2018….

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    10.  I got a peek at Chinatown in Lagos:

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Chinese people in Africa.  Yeah, I’m not the only one!  And a lot are coming from China to Nigeria because of the oil economy.  I had heard that there was a Chinatown in Lagos and wanted to see exactly how that all works.  There were actually very few Chinese people.  They speak a different dialect than the one I barely have a grasp of.  But I did get a peek of how one restaurant owner works with her Nigerian staff despite not knowing English.  It was super fascinating.  And yes… I have spy video….

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From Uganda….

 11. I got to see Nerio Badman after five years!

After five years of telling audiences all over the world about this producer dude I met one night, and how both our lives changed forever when we recorded a rap album together, I got to see him again.  And this time we went to visit his family’s village.  The family welcomed me, fed me, milked their cow and gave me the milk within minutes of the extraction.  It made me realize that both me and Nerio have roots in farm towns (I just visited my grandfather’s birth village last year and it was po’dunk!) and now pursue big city dreams.

12. I visited Nerio’s home village and presented him with a Gold Record Award!
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My friend Andy at Gold LP.com hooked up the greatest gift ever– a CUSTOMIZED GOLD RECORD AWARD!  Andy is the only American manufacturer of gold records and makes them for all the big music people.

13. I rode on the back of a motorcycle!  In a music video!!

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Here is a behind the scenes video from “Mzungu Price”. 

As part of the business relationship I share with Nerio, I set aside a royalty each time I perform The Wong Street Journal.  It took a while to figure out the best way to continue a supportive relationship after I left Uganda.  But looking at microloans as an example of how to invest in self determination of people, I realized that it made more sense to have working relationships with people in the “developing” world versus charitable ones where I just give out money outright. Specifically, I used the royalties he was owed on the shows to pick up equipment that he can’t access in Uganda.

We shot three music videos while in Gulu using the new equipment I brought them with their royalties.

14. I got to be the hot girl in the music video.  Check the world premiere of BOSS LADY.

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All I can say is, it’s never too late to be anything.

15.  I got to see the progress of my friends at VACNET!

If you’ve been to The Wong Street Journal in the last few years, you may have noticed that I sell items for the microloan organization that I volunteered with during my first trip to Uganda.  I’m proud to say that the show has helped raise THOUSANDS of dollars for microloans.  And now, dozens of women have been taken off the waiting list.  VACNET has expanded to a a second solar powered building that does computer literacy training and also provides meeting space for womens groups.  I’m incredibly proud of Bukenya Muusa for his work and so happy to support his vision.

16.  We recorded another hit song.  In Nerio’s new studio… Empire Records Uganda.

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I haven’t released it yet. But the first night back in Gulu, we recorded a hit single called “Nigerian Prince.”  It’s inspired by all the hot dudes I met in Nigeria, but it’s a funny song about an American woman who falls in love with an email scammer who identifies himself as a Nigerian Prince.

17.  Home cooked Ugandan food!


I’m not a big fan of Ugandan food, especially out of the Northern region of Gulu.  It’s not awful. It’s just nothing I crave. But I will say that Nerio’s family made me food and it was delicious!  The starch called “kalor” is really tasty when mixed with the protein.  In this case, fresh fish.  There is a dry fish I’ve had in Gulu which I have a very difficult time getting any flesh off of.  It was really cool that his family pulled out all the stops, down to chopping the wood for the fire to cook this welcoming meal for me.

 And then I came speeding back in LA to be in Taylor Mac’s show…

And between show weeks, I went to Wyoming to do an excerpt of The Wong Street Journal….

Wyoming has only 570,000 people and one four year university sponsored by the state.  So it was amazing that I got the invitation to perform.  I bought a skunk pelt.

Ok, I’m tired of blogging and will add to this later.

 

 

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17 Things Wonderfully Wong in the Rapture of 2017!

January 3rd, 2018

It was the longest fucking year ever.  I’ve never seen a rapture drag out like 2017.  As is my yearly tradition, I sum all the good things I can remember between ripping my hair out with every news push notification.  I make this list mostly because my fragile ego needs all the public witnesses it can get.

1.  I was the star of my own television pilot!  (But… It didn’t get picked up.)

The big secret of 2016 was that I got a deal with Lionsgate and TruTv to make a pilot presentation!  Yes girl really.  It took over a year, and a lot of meetings and running around to make happen.  I was the star and co-creator.  I had a team of people supporting me.  I navigated a lot of network politics.  And I shot a fantastic freaking pilot.  When I got the call that the network passed on it, I briefly went into the woods with Hillary Clinton.  But the whole year of anticipation for what my life might look like if it did get picked up made me really appreciate what I’ve already built for myself as an artist.  The depression was momentary, and I found myself returning to my work with more joy (though goddamn that network money would have been nice).

2.  I wrote a play for a hotel room in New York City.

 

I was asked to be the artist-in-residence at the Washington Square Hotel By Design firm CMYK.  I wrote a play called “Kristina Wong’s Discharges from American History”.  Basically, I had a company of “historic re-enactors” re-enact all the American political scandals that have gone down in hotel rooms.  It was invigorating to have this deadline.  I spent weekends at cafes reading Anthony Weiner’s texts and then putting them in play format.  It was an immersive play for 8 audience members at a time but a cast of 14 actors (all honors students from Arizona State!)!  We enacted the Trump Russian Golden Shower scandal as the finale.

 

3.  I went to the motherland for the first time– Hong Kong and CHINA!

My Fannie Wong, Former Miss Chinatown 2nd Runner Up performance was invited to be part of an exhibition of international artists at the Parasite gallery in Hong Kong.  Read an article about it here!  I visited the approximate areas where my grandparents were from (didn’t have much to go on), sweated my ass off, saw a lot of China in a matter of weeks and almost fought a family of four at Shanghai Disney (for good reason, nobody knows how to stand in line in China).

Big takeaway? China is not a relaxing vacation.  It’s an interesting trip.

4. I did a run of The Wong Street Journal in Los Angeles!

When I came back from China, reality set in.  Whoops, I really didn’t get that TV show did I?  I’ve learned from years of excitement and disappointment that the key to jumping past a depressing meltdown is to get super busy.  So I finally did a final run of Wong Street Journal in Los Angeles for all the stragglers who missed it the first time.  Thank you Bootleg Theater!!!

5. I became a Twitter superstar!

I would really rather have not gotten to know the bowels of twitter the way that I did.  But post-election depression had me tweeting so much that I made is to this list of the “Top Ten Trump Twitter Trolls”.  I gained about 20K new followers just from tweeting back at Trump and his cronies every time he tweeted.  Because Journalism has devolved to quoting tweets, my tweets got quoted in dozens of tweet round-ups.  I was a thing.

6. I also got blocked by Trump, his three kids from his first wife, Anthony Scaramucci, Sebatian Gorka….

About halfway through the year, Cheetolini couldn’t take it anymore and blocked me.  And with that went my brief stint as a twitter star.  The death threats also began to die down as soon as I was blocked.

7. I was the Artist-in-Residence of the UCLA Labor Center!

I facilitated a workshop which incorporated the curriculum of the Labor’s Center  #YoungWorker project.  I took the data that specifically affects young workers in Los Angeles and made it a community theater curriculum!  Half of our participants had never performed in public before!   I have a submitted an application to do a similar project in 2018 or 2019 with the Dream Resource Center for undocumented immigrants.  Excited!

8.  I did a performance for my largest indoor audience yet– 8000 incoming UCLA students!

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Nothing will help you make peace with your past like sharing your deepest darkest secret in a stadium full of people.  I felt like I really validated a lot of people’s experiences in the room with mental health. 

9.  I booked two national commercials in two months!

After a complete dearth in Hollywood bookings, I got two biggies back to back.  The real money will come if they air, but now I can be less cynical about not having a face that can sell corporate blah blah to America.

10. I gave a speech for my largest outdoor audience yet– The Los Angeles Tax March!

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Being a twitter warrior comes with celeb perks such as getting to be funny at an outdoor march.

11. A lot of great residencies and shows around the country!

Lewis and Clark in Portland!   Harvard!  Wellesley! Virginia Tech!  The Milton Academy outside of Boston, MA!  Did I miss something?  In LA, I hosted the celebration of SIX DECADES of dance at my alma mater, UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department.

12. I got picked for a City of Los Angeles Master Artist Fellowship and also other big big things.

With fellow YBCA 100 Honoree– Jill Soloway!

I was named as one of the YBCA 100– celebrating the innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders from all over the world who are using their platform to create cultural movement.
I was honored by Kearny Street Workshop FOCUS Award– for my work as an artist!
I also got picked to be next year’s Artist-in-Residence at the San Diego Airport!

13. I put out my web series… finally!

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After sitting on the footage for this as long as we were, we finally premiered to the world a few months ago.

It seems that you get all of 10 seconds to go viral in 2017.   We got big coverage from Cosmo, Huff Po, AJ+ and others.  And just as quick, the internet forgot us the following week.  But I was getting recognized in public and that’s all that matters.

14. I got freaking PUBLISHED yo.

The Wong Street Journal is published in the Contemporary Plays by Women of Color, the second edition!  I bought the first edition when I was in COLLEGE.  Now I’m in the thing.

15. Shot at amazing video game-changing project with young Asian American girls!

Just this week we shot a video with Asian girls ages 7-10 called “Radical Cram School.”  They weren’t actors. It was a chance to see if it was possible to get Asian girls that young to think about racism and sexism and how to dismantle it.  We shot a companion music video called “Asian Girl Blues”.   After we finished, one of the producers texted me, “Do you think this is actually a tv pilot that could be something bigger?”  I think YES.

16. I cleared my home of crap then filled it back up.

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I got into a really weird and not-profitable hobby that is selling old clothes on Poshmark.  Way back in the early days when I was out of school trying to supplement my income, I sold crap on ebay.  So I told myself I wouldn’t go back to junking.  The truth is, I will always make more as a performance artist.   It started as me just clearing old costumes and clothes from my home. But something was incredibly soothing about finding something that someone might like, posting it online, getting a sale and then shipping away something forever for all of a tiny profit. It was so soothing that I began to obsessively fill my house with things to post online to sell.  Now I have a few hundred things I need to post and my bedroom is a temporarily storage port for crap headed around the world.  I justify this as entrepreneurial hoarding.

17.  I declared my intent to run for Public Office before the year 2030!

Because nothing matters anymore and art has had to get secular and reasonable to compete with the absurdist climate of the world, I think the only way I can out-shock the state of this country is to just run for public office.  I have a short list of things I might run for.  The process will likely use the same skill set I have as a performance artist

Do I have new years resolutions?  I only resolve to work even harder and smarter than I did in 2016.

 

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