Asian Glow is a performance series for the Asian diaspora in Boston, particularly creatives in a genre or style that does not necessarily link to their ancestral identity. Asian artists often face tokenism and pressure to reference their cultural ancestry, while also being treated as monolith under the terms “Asian American” and “model minority.” Asian Glow encourages artists to be seen as individuals and perform as the majority, without explanation or apology (reference to Viet Thanh Nguyen).
The first Asian Glow of 2019 is scheduled for August 20th at ONCE Lounge in Somerville, MA. Two additional installments will follow in the fall, with exact dates and venues to be announced.
Last year, Asian Glow was also funded by the 2018 LAB grant, which included three independent showcases in three different venues across Boston. The series featured 21 individual artists and artist groups of different genres, including poetry, comedy, burlesque, music, and magic, and attracted an audience around 80 people per show.
This project is made possible (in part) by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.
If you have any questions about the series or are interested in performing, please email Jane Park at firstname.lastname@example.org.