Jeanne’s guest lecture for CUNY’s Asian American/Asian Research Institute Lecture Series

Jeanne & Antony Wong

Arrived in New York a few days ago! Took a couple of days to settle in, and tonight headed straight to CUNY (City University of New York) to give a guest lecture for the Asian American/Asian Research Institute Lecture Series, headed by Antony Wong.

Antony invited me to speak about what inspired me to write about Gordon Hirabayashi in HOLD THESE TRUTHS, the research materials and interviews I used, the challenges in writing the play and getting it produced, and its developmental process since its world premiere in 2007 at the East West Players in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. I also shared a slideshow from our May workshop presentations with the Epic Theatre Ensemble, and screened the documentary film, A PERSONAL MATTER, from which I first learned of Gordon’s powerful story.

You can also watch the entire video of my talk on YOUTUBE here—enjoy!

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