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UH play 'Chinee, Japanee, All Mix Up' explores modern Asian identity

Christine Lamborn

What does it mean to be Asian in 2022? That’s one of the questions a new theatre production at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is aiming to answer.

"Chinee, Japanee, All Mix Up" is a “devised production,” an original work written through a collaboration between the student actors and the director. Five Asian women comprise the cast and craft original scenes based on their personal experiences, news headlines, and past events.

Emmy-award winner and Honolulu Theatre for Youth Artistic Associate Reiko Ho is the guest director. The UH alum grew up on Oʻahu and says she’s from “a very Japanese-Chinese family” with history in Hawaiʻi’s plantation era. She sat down with The Conversation after Monday night’s dress rehearsal to discuss the themes of the play.

Performances run from Sept. 21-25. Click here for more information.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Sept. 21, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation and host of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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