Ada Cheng Solo Show, NOT QUITE

In "Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire", Ada Cheng uses personal stories to explore her journey as a queer immigrant woman of color from East Asia. Stories center around the intersection of race, immigration, gender, and sexuality. She uses “not quite” to connect several main themes: meanings of home(land), the institutionalization of the alien status, fractured yet intersectional nature of Asian American identity, and the politics of intersectionalit

Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller, improviser, and stand-up comic. She was a tenured professor in Sociology at DePaul University for 15 years. She resigned from her position to pursue theater and performance full time in 2016. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Cedar Rapids, Asheville, and Kansas City. She has performed her solo show at National Storytelling Conference and Capital Fringe Festival and will be taking her solo show to Minnesota Fringe Festival, Boulder International Fringe Festival, and Houston Fringe Festival in August and September. 

Her book, Standing Up: From Renegade Professor to Middle-Aged Comic, published in December 2016 by Difference Press, aims at encouraging people, particularly mid-lifers, to embrace fear about uncertainty and to pursue their passion and dream. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell. 

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Event date: 
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Women & Children First
5233 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640