On May 18, four artists gathered virtually to celebrate Asian American art and artists. The event was hosted by the Intiman Theatre — a Seattle-based professional theater company — in partnership with Pork Filled Productions. To commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the artists discussed the power of cultural visibility in American theater and the role performing arts can have in increasing Asian American visibility.
The first artist to perform, Susan Lieu, is a Vietnamese playwright and author whose work portrays overlooked stories. A clip from her show “140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother,” where Lieu brings to life a story from her own childhood, was included in the performance. The play intertwines themes of the multi-generational immigrant experience, body insecurity, and the struggle of personal loss.
“These stories are vulnerable,” Lieu said. “Talking about the multifaceted version of us in our country can be seen as weak and breaking harmony. What we are doing is super counterculture to what we have been raised in.”