Hate-fueled attacks on Asian Americans have spiked as much as 150% over the previous year, even as overall hate crimes have declined.
Responding to this unprecedented string of attacks against Asian Americans is the focus of the next episode of Crucial Connections, Collaboraction Theatre’s live, interactive, monthly online talk show, Thursday, March 18 at 8 p.m. CT.
Special guest host Dr. Ada Cheng, a prominent Chicago storyteller, educator, storytelling show producer, facilitator, and the speaker will join co-hosts Anthony Moseley, Artistic Director of Collaboraction, and Dr. Marcus Robinson, the company’s Executive Director, to lead a discussion about the increase in violence and rhetoric against the Asian-American community.
Joining the conversation is Chicago-based dancer, writer, and activist Rohan Zhou-Lee.
The show will kick-off with a screening of Cheng’s seven-minute short film A Letter to My Former Self, which premiered as part of Collaboraction’s 2020 PEACEBOOK Festival and told the story college professor’s response to a young Asian American student who endured a racist incident related to Covid-19. The conversation will then explore the former president’s rhetoric blaming China for Covid-19 and how it spurred scapegoating of Asian Americans by ordinary people angered by the pandemic's economic and social impact.
Collaboraction, Chicago’s theater for social change, produces and presents Crucial Connections live via Zoom on the third Thursday of every month. The 90-minute show brings together social justice warriors, artists, and community residents for provocative, entertaining, and radically inclusive discussion around different themes about life in a post-Covid world and reshaping the human experience.