Friday, January 30, 2015

Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior

The Woman Warrior
Maxine Hong Kingston
Alfred A. Knopf, 1976



Huntington Theatre Company
September 9–October 9, 1994

Variety
February 16, 1995
Theater Review

Los Angeles Times
February 17, 1995
Theater Review

 Buzz, March 1995

Transpacific, May 1995

(Next post on Friday: Ruthanne Lum McCunn’s Thousand Pieces of Gold)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Louis Chu’s Eat a Bowl of Tea


Louie Hing Chew
Spelling is from passenger ship lists and
his Chinese Exclusion Act case files.

Louie Hing Chu
Spelling is from his World War II draft
registration and naturalization record. 

Chu was born October 1, 1915 in Toishan, China. 

Travel
Passenger Arrivals List, September 27, 1922
Ticket Number 1-13, Louie Hing Chew

Louie Hing Chew is on line 16 of passenger list.

Passenger Arrivals List, August 28, 1941
Ticket Number 17-16, Louie Hing Chew

World War II Army Enlistment Record
Louis H. Chu, born 1911 in China; enlisted January 15, 1943, Newark, New Jersey; 4 years of college; occupation category: draftsman, mechanical / hotel and restaurant managers; marital status: separated, with dependents; height, 66 inches; weight, 149 pounds

Naturalization Record Card
August 7, 1943

Social Security Death Index
Born: November 1, 1913
Died: February [27], 1970

The New York Times
March 2, 1970
“Louis Hing Chu, a Broadcaster 
And Social Worker, Dies at 56”
Louis Hing Chu, a radio broadcaster and social worker, died apparently of a heart attack in his home at 88-12 190th Street, Hollis, Queens, on Friday morning [February 27]. He was 56 years old….

Eat a Bowl of Tea
Lyle Stuart, 1961


• • • • • • • •

Eat a Bowl of Tea
Presented by the Pan Asian Repertory Theater, Inc.
Tisa Chang, artistic/producing director
Commissioned by the Chinatown History Project
April 17–May 12, 1985
Actor's Outlet, 120 West 28th Street

Directed by Mr. Abuba and Tisa Chang
Lighting designer, Richard Dorfman
Costume designer, Eiko Yamaguchi
Set designer, Alex Polner
Stage manager, Ronald A. Koenig

Tom Matsusaka as Wong Wah Gay
Ron Nakahara as Lee Gong
Michael G. Chin as Ben Loy
Les J. N. Mau as Chong Lo
Donald Li as Ah Song
Richard Lee-Sung as Fay Lo
Elizabeth Sung as Mei Oi
Mary Lum Wong as Wong Eng Shee
Sandy Hom as Chuck Ting

The New York Times

• • • • • • • •

Eat a Bowl of Tea
July 21, 1989
Directed by Wayne Wang
Screenplay by Judith Rascoe
Director of photography, Amir Mokri
Edited by Richard Candib
Music by Mark Adler
Production design by Robert Ziembicki
Produced by Tom Sternberg
Released by Columbia Pictures

Cora Miao as Mei Oi
Russell Wong as Ben Loy
Victor Wong as Wah Gay
Lau Siu Ming as Lee Gong
Eric Tsang Chi Wai as Ah Song

Friday, January 16, 2015

C.Y. Lee’s The Flower Drum Song


CHIN-YANG LEE
born December 23, 1916, Hsiangtan [Xiangtan], Hunan, China

Passenger List
Departure: Bombay, India, September 17, 1943

Arrival: San Pedro, California, October 24, 1943

Naturalization Record


The Flower Drum Song
C.Y. Lee
Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1957
Jacket design by Susan Foster

Book design by Betty Crumley

Two clothbound versions by
Farrar, Straus and Cudahy (left)
and Grossett & Dunlap (right)

Great Pan, 1960
United Kingdom edition
Cover art by Hans Helweg

Dell, 1961
(F175)
Cover art by Victor Kalin

Dell, 1966
(2622)
Cover by Garridos

Ballantine Books, 1972
Cover art by Charles Reid

Penquin, 2002
Cover design by Jesse Marinoff Reyes
Cover art by Hector Garrido
(a recreation of his 1966 Dell illustration)

(Next post on Friday: Louis Chu’s Eat a Bowl of Tea)