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Foreign Goods: The Battle against Whitewashing and Stereotypes

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Join us for an evening to celebrate the first ever collection of modern dramatic writing by British East Asian writers. The new text Foreign Goods: A Selection of Writing by British East Asian Artists features eight contemporary pieces that contribute to improving the authentic representation of British East Asian people in the theatre industry and beyond.

The book contains a mixture of full plays, short plays and monologues covering topics such as the marginalization of British East-Asian actors, difficulties the Asian diaspora experience in growing up in Britain and the struggle to debunk the East-Asian stereotype.

There will be a reading of Kathryn Golding’s Suzy Wong: Fitting in and fucking up by actress Jessica Woo and actress Julie Cheung-Inhin will perform her play No More Lotus Flower!

The performances will be followed by a panel discussion with all eight writers discussing the ups and downs of working in the theatre industry as an ethnic minority, what it means to be East Asian in the UK today and the current problems with East Asian cultural representations. This will be moderated by Wei Ming Kam.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception where the book will be available for purchase.


About the writers

Jingan Young:

Jingan Young 楊靜安 is an award-winning playwright. She holds a BA (Hons) in English with Film Studies from King’s College London and a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. She is currently reading for a PhD in Film Studies at King’s College London. She was the first playwright commissioned and produced in the English language by the Hong Kong Arts Festival for FILTH (Failed in London, Try Hong Kong). She is founder and artistic director of POKFULAM RD PRODUCTIONS 薄扶林道© and regularly commissions new writing from East Asian writers in the UK and China. She is a regular contributor for the South China Morning Post, Guardian, The London Review of Books and Hong Kong Free Press. Jingan is the editor of Foreign Goods: A Collection of Writing from British East Asian Artists.

Cathy SK Lam:

Cathy is the Artistic Director of ThreeWoods Playwright.

She joined Theatre Horizon (Hong Kong) in 2007 as the company manager and later assumed the position of Executive Director. During her time in Theatre Horizon, she performed and produced numerous play including Can’t Play Won’t Play By Dario Fo, Winds Of Change, I AM HAPPY(One Man Show), and French Kiss.

In 2011, she received the Emerging Artists Project Grant from Hong Kong Arts Development Council and established ThreeWoods Playwright. She created and produced Revelation Of Love , Every Little Thing, Bon Voyage, Shi Yī, The Curious Incident of A Little Girl, Solitaire, All About Ruby, five star plays The Immigration Lottery, Wither On the Wine and Smoking With Grandma.

Lucy Sheen:

In 2011 Lucy wrote and performed her first professional piece of writing, a one woman show There Are Two Perfectly Good Me’s: One dead, the other unborn where it premiered at The New Diorama.

Since 2011 Lucy has gone on to be receive writing commissions from The Royal Court, Commonword, Paines Plough/Tamasha.

Theatre credits include Riddley Walker – Royal Exchange; Julius Caesar – Bristol Old Vic; Drink the Mercury – TMA award nominee (the first British East Asian actress to be nominated for such a theatre award); Hungry Ghosts by Tim Luscombe – OFFIE nominee.  Plenty – The Sheffield Crucible directed by Thea Sharrock and more recently The RSC Snow In Midsummer at the Swan theatre, 2017.

Lucy is also a published poet and writer who focuses on transracial adoption and identity.

Julie Cheung-Inhin:

Julie is a British-born East Asian actor. In 2015, she wrote and performed No More Lotus Flower! for the Camden Fringe (featured in Foreign Goods), a satirical solo show described as “a fantastic exploration of the assumptions made, even today, by outmoded theatricals who can’t see past a person’s pigmentation” (London Theatre 1). Her work in theatre includes The 38th Parallel for Pokfulam Road Productions at the Park Theatre, Eastern Star at The Cockpit Theatre, and She Ventures and He Wins at the Rose Playhouse. Earlier this year she formed part of Dangerous Space, an all-female company launched to address the lack of multi-dimensional opportunities for actresses.

Kathryn Golding:

Kathryn Golding is a recognised emerging writing talent with a unique voice, working across screen and stage.

A graduate of the Royal Court’s Unheard Voices Programme, and supported by the Edinburgh International Television Festival, she is about to begin the year-long Write To Play programme with Graeae theatre company and is working on projects for both theatre and television.

Recent credits include BEING SUZY WONG (Royal Court’s Live Lunch programme), PLAY 13 (Vault Festival) and COME TO WHERE I’M FROM (Paines Plough & Tamasha Theatre).

TAN Suet Lee

Before becoming a playwright, Suet Lee practised as a chartered accountant. Since making the switch, she has written a number of plays including: The Swing (2017, 2013), Weight of Emptiness (2016), Assassins (2016), A Second Life (2015), Lies in Waiting (2011), Sperm (2008), Beautiful Companion (2006) and Shopping with Ang (2004) by Yellow Earth Theatre (YET) at the Typhoon 3: International East Asian Playreading Festival.

With the support of the Singapore National Arts Council (NAC), Suet Lee attended the La MaMa International Playwright Retreat in Umbria, Italy in August 2013 where she developed The Swing. An extract of The Swing was presented at Theatre 503, London, November 2016 and La MaMa, New York in January 2014.

Suet Lee also writes TV and film scripts, short stories and poetry, and was recently awarded third prize for English Poetry at the Golden Point Award, a premier creative writing competition in Singapore. Suet Lee, holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Swansea University and is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Writing.

Stephen Hoo:

Stephen Hoo studied Theatre at The Brit School before completing his B.A in Modern & Classical Chinese at SOAS. He did his MA in Theatre Lab at RADA. He was a member of the Royal Court’s Critical Mass writing programme and of the BBC Writers room.

Amber Hsu:

Amber Hsu is a Chinese-born, US-raised, UK-based writer and visual artist. She has written for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court, BBC, Orange Tree, and Islington Youth Theatre amongst others. She is also the creator of Tiny Pencil – an anthology artzine, and the inventor of One Pound Poems – a live, verse-making endeavour.

About the moderator

Wei Ming Kam works in publishing and has written for Media Diversified, Gal Dem and the award-winning essay anthology The Good Immigrant. She is the co-founder of BAME In Publishing, a network for publishers of colour in the UK, and Pride in Publishing, a network for queer publishers in the UK.


Tickets: General: £10,  Concessions: £8, Arts members: £5

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February 1, 2018
18:45 - 21:00
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