Not Quite is Dr. Ada Cheng's intervention of current social issues as an artist-scholar. This performance will be 45 minutes, followed by a 30-minute facilitated dialogue.
This presentation comprises storytelling performances, mini-lectures, and a guided discussion. In this presentation, Dr. Cheng will tell personal stories to highlight some central issues pertinent to our current immigration and citizenship debates. Key points include:
I. Citizenship in terms of having the certificate of naturalization vs. having a sense of home and making it home in the United States;
II. The existence of institutionalized processes and mechanisms of othering immigrants of color;
III. The existence of structural inequalities, and our reproduction of inequalities through individual and institutional practices;
IV. The importance of intersectionality, linking immigration, race, gender, and sexuality.
About the presenter: Dr. Ada Cheng is a professor-turned-storyteller, solo performer, and storytelling show producer. She has also been featured at storytelling shows and done her two solo performances all over the country. Ada is the producer and the host of four storytelling shows, including Pour One Out, Am I Man Enough?, Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show, Speaking Truths Series, and This Is America: Truths through My Body. She creates platforms for people to tell difficult and vulnerable stories as well as for communities who may not have opportunities otherwise. She is the Education and Outreach Specialist with Women's Leadership and Resource Center at UIC. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.
This presentation is made possible in partnership with the Illinois Humanities Speakers Bureau Road Scholars program.