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Chinese theatre that isn’t about life in a takeaway or kung fu

Chinese theatre that isn’t about life in a takeaway or kung fu

Over one week in November, three British-Chinese actresses are bringing you In The Mirror in Central London – telling British-Chinese stories of identity, politics, belonging (and not) and parenting. And given that I know at least two of the three performers involved (at least via blogging), I’m pretty confident that it’ll be free of the cliches that does tend to surround British-Chinese theatre.

I’d go, but I’ll be in Hong Kong, irony of ironies.

Identity crisis

Identity crisis

I’ve always wanted to be a stand-up comedian. But after doing a mini-course on it and being part of a British-Chinese comedy sketch troupe, I’ve been aware that I have zero perfomance skills, and gave up on the idea, while trying in vain to groom my wife for the job.

And then I stumbled across Andrew Wong the stand-up comedian. He’s British, and at least half my age. Fortunately, he’s not a professional – but at the same time, his YouTube channel is the 19th most subscribed channel in the British comedian category.

However, I’m too far in to tell if he’s actually funny or not. Is he?

There’s also an Andrew Wong who was a ninja contestant on Australia’s Got Talent … who got mistaken for another Andrew Wong with suspected benefit fraud. Apparently.

Progress on the portrayal of British-Chinese people in UK media!

Progress on the portrayal of British-Chinese people in UK media!

Finally! Someone does an impression of a British-Chinese person without resorting to sticky tape or yellow-face make-up. On the other hand….

What is there to do in Cardiff?

What is there to do in Cardiff?

A friend of mine is planning a visit to Cardiff, and asked me what there was to do there. And despite living there for five years, I couldn’t think of anything in Cardiff beyond the Castle, the Wales Millennium Centre, and Cardiff Bay (which is just a glorified upper-class entertainment mall) that was great and unique to Cardiff. So all I could suggest was the BBC Doctor Who Locations Guide (I made that!).

Have you got any suggestions?

While we’re on the subject, see what happens when a Chinese chef and a Welsh chef decide to make beautiful food together. Although I’m wondering what they CAN come up with…

My ideal job – eight years ago

My ideal job – eight years ago

Why does something tell me that nothing like this would happen over here?

MTV are looking for Chinese-Americans aged 18-24 with a “golden” personality. Somehow, I doubt that’d ever happen over here!

Why don't Asians date Asians?

Why don't Asians date Asians?

Just caught a trail for Big Brother US, which is showing on E4. The theme of the house is basically people and their ex’s – and they featured one Korean-American contestant, Jun who said that she wouldn’t date Asians any more because they had too many pre-conceived ideas of what Asian women should say and/or do.

Which is a tad strange because, erm…
a) I’m a British-Chinese male, and I certainly wouldn’t want a woman who cooked, cleaned etc. – apart from anything else, I like cooking!

b) Of the white guys I know and lived with who lusted after Asian women like my sisters, I’d imagine a fair proportion of the “fantasy” was the whole love-slave thing. Which most men probably have about women generally, of course.

Personally, I’ll date anyone I like – regardless of race. If I’m lucky ever to date anyone again!

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