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Made in Hong Kong in 1962 and exported to the UK as a transracial adoptee.
Brought up by a white family in the heartland of conservative England, next to the cucumber sandwiches, church spires and cricket on the village green.
Lucy has over thirty years of professional experience as an actor on stage, big and small screens, radio, commercials and as a communications trainer.
Lucy has always written, but it is only in the last five years that Lucy became an active writer. Lucy's work takes its inspiration from her own background. Much of what interests Lucy concerns identity. Duality, the schism in thought and emotion when you are conflicted, when your heritage and culture is split. The loss of your roots, the displacement from one culture to another. Lucy seeks to write and make sense of things. For those that occupy space in the cultural, political, social and artistic dominant groups in society and never have to worry about their place. This unfamiliarity and dislocation from social identity is what has made Lucy the performer and writer that she now is. This is the unseen space that Lucy has inhabited for the entirety of her life.
What does it feel like to be "the other" what does it mean to be a minority within a minority?
Lucy tells the tales of lives that have been overlooked, she gives voice to the invisible and forgotten and to those that have hitherto been ignored and silenced.
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First collection of full-length plays from British East Asian playwrights
Playwrights: Yang Mai Ooi, Jeremy Tiang, Lucy Chai Lai-Tuen, Amy Ng, Stephen Hoo, Joel Tan and Daniel York Loh.
Selected and Edited: Cheryl Robson, Dr Amanda Rogers and Dr Ashley Thorpe. With an introduction: Dr Amanda Rogers and Dr Ashley Thorpe
A landmark collection of contemporary full-length plays by British East Asian writers. Exploring subjects such as cultural identity, the fragmentation of communities, tradition, invisibility and discrimination, these plays are ideal to perform.
With an introduction by academics Dr Amanda Rogers and Dr Ashley Thorpe which sets the plays into context and explores the hidden history of theatre from BEA theatre-makers.
This is a timely collection, being published within months of the opening of three plays by British East Asian playwrights in the UK, and a growing awareness in the mainstream press that that East Asians in British theatre are under-represented.
As Daniel York Loh writes:
“British East Asians were effectively side-lined in any debate on diversity in theatre where the general establishment view tends towards a binary black/white… which seems to exclude large swathes of the Asian continent.”
As Kumiko Mendl of Yellow Earth theatre writes:
"There is an abundance of talent and experience to be found in the UK, and it's time that the rest of Britain woke up to the diversity of artists and practitioners around them – those that know their Kuan Han-ching as well as their Shakespeare."
The seven plays in the anthology are:
Bound Feet Blues by Yang Mai Ooi
The Last Days of Limehouse by Jeremy Tiang
Conversations with my Unknown Mother by Lucy Chai Lai-Tuen
Special Occasions by Amy Ng
Jamaica Boy by Stephen Hoo
Tango by Joel Tan
The Fu Manchu Complex by Daniel York Loh
"Ooi has some unsettling examples of how, even today in the West, daintiness in a woman is often celebrated and a `beauty is pain' culture still exists." --The Stage
"The Last Days of Limehouse is a finely balanced, well-written and superbly acted play that's well worth seeing." **** - --everything theatre
"...a devilishly ironic spin on Sax Rohmer's classic novel that will leave you in hysterics...wildly satirical and steeped in sexual innuendo... the atmosphere created on stage is alluring." - --The Upcoming
With writing by adoptees, adoptive parents, and clinicians, Adoption Therapy is a first-of-its-kind and wholly unique reference book, providing insight, advice, and personal stories which highlight the specific nature of the adoptee experience.
•The psychological dangers in leaving trauma and grief buried and unaddressed
•The importance of community in healing the wounds of separation
•Understanding the physical and psychological effects of transracial adoption
•Attachment—including the inability to attach, inappropriate attachment, and the myth of Reactive Attachment Disorder
•Conception by rape: an adoptee speaks out
•Co-dependency, intimacy, and creating closeness
•The life-long effects of pre- and perinatal trauma
•Processing complex trauma, complex grief, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
•Specific concerns for Late Discovery Adoptees
•The relationship among trauma, anger and rage, and substance abuse
•For adoptive parents and adoptees: red flags when working with a therapist
"Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth" is a powerful book filled with thoughtful and inspiring letters. This anthology was written by a global community of adult adoptees and adults who were fostered. Each letter was penned to the upcoming generation of adopted and fostered youth.
The literary mission of "Dear Wonderful You" is for all adopted or fostered youth to feel embraced and guided by the incredible letters contained inside. The contributors want every young reader to know they have a network of support who “get it,” “get them,” and have been in their shoes.
DEAR WONDERFUL YOU CONTRIBUTORS
JoAnne Bennett,Thomas Park Clement, Brenda M. Cotter, Charlotte Cotter, Laura Dennis, Peter Dodds, Mei-Mei Akwai Ellerman PhD, Ming Foxweldon. Suzanne Gilbert. Rosita Gonzalez, Lynn Grubb, Lee Herrick, Soojung Jo, Jeff Leinaweaver, PhD, J.S. London, Dan Matthews, Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao, Kaye S. Pearse, Karen Pickell, Jasmine Renee, Matthew Salesses, Liz Semons, Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen, May Silverstein, Joe Soll, LCSW, Julie Stromberg, Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston, Angela Tucker
A collection of full plays, short plays and monologues from British East Asian writers, including Jingan Young, Kathryn Golding, Amber Hsu, Cathy Lam, Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen, Tan Suet Lee, Julie Cheung Inhin & Stephen Hoo.
Contains a foreword written by David Henry Hwang and Jingan Young.
Includes the plays: I'm Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce, Suzy Wong: Fitting in and F**king Up, The Confession, Under the Blood Red Moon, No More Lotus Flower, The Swing, The Stone (or No One Disaster is Total) and Jamaica Boy.
From playwrights to poets, filmmakers to photographers, essay writers to lyricists —all have joined together inside these pages to enlighten and educate.
We encourage you to Flip through this book and discover what it truly means to Flip the Script!
TRACY AABEY-HAMMOND, KEVIN MINH ALLEN, LEIGHA BASINI, MI OK SONG BRUINING, NICOLE J. BURTON, ANNA CAVANAGH, LARRY CLOW, ELIZABETH COLE, LAURA COTTER, JOSHUA CROME, AMIRA ROSE DAVIS, APRIL DINWOODIE,
MEI-MEI AKWAI ELLERMAN, PHD, CECILIA HEIMEE FLUMÉ, SHANNON GIBNEY, ROSITA GONZALÉZ, SARAH ELIZABETH GREER, LYNN GRUBB, SUSAN HARRIS O’CONNOR, MSW, JODI HAYWOOD, MEGGIN NAM HOLTZ, SUSAN ITO, SOOJUNG JO, CATHERINE A. JOHNSTON, MELISSA DAE SOOK KIM, MILA C. KONOMOS, ADEL KSK, LUCY CHAU LAI-TUEN, WENDY M. LAYBOURN, KATIE HAE LEO, STEPHEN DAVID LUKESON, JAMIE LYNN, M.C. MALTEMPO, KIMBERLY MCKEE, PHD, GRACE NEWTON, KAYE PEARSE, ZARA PHILLIPS, MATTHEW SALESSES, CHRISTINE SATORY, LIZ SEMONS, BEATA SKONECKI, LMSW, JOE SOLL, LCSW, JULIE STROMBERG, ANNEGHEM WALL, DARYN WATSON, DIANE WHEATON, CHRISTOPHER WILSON
Contributors: Casper Andersen, Lily Arthur, Trace DeMeyer, Peter Dodds, Arun Dohle, Darelle Duncan, Erica Gehringer, Jeffrey Hancock, Bob Honecker, Cameron Horn, Tobias Hubinette, Sunny Jo Johnsen, Kristina Laine, Lakshmi, Tinan Leroy, Georgiana A. Macavei, Marion McMillan, Khara Nine, Colette Noonan, Cryptic Omega, Vanessa Pearce, Michael Allen Potter, Paul Redmond, Lucy Sheen, Joe Soll, Vance Twins and Daniel Ibn Zayd.
The reality is that the desire for information has nothing to do with parenting or personality, but an innate desire.
It's Not About You is an adoptee-focused anthology project intended to comfort those who fear the desire for information and connection is any kind of judgement on themselves. Our purpose is also to confront those who try to make it about themselves, missing the opportunity to support and connect with the adoptee who needs this information.
poetry, and essays aimed at confronting the "perpetual child stereotype" faced
by adult adoptees. The pieces contained within this anthology will implore
readers to look deeply into their own ideas about what it means to be adopted
and to empathize with the experience of being viewed as a child into
adulthood." Amanda H.L. Transue-Woolston
TABLE OF CONTENTS
MEI-MEI AKWAI ELLERMAN... Dedication
AMANDA H.L. TRANSUE-WOOLSTON... Discovering my Imposed Age & the Effects of the Institutionalization of Perpetual Children
NICKY SA-EUN SCHILDKRAUT... Everyone Loves an Orphan
LYNN GRUBB... Mother May I?
KAREN PICKEL... The Letter
CATANA TULLY... Excerpts from Split at the Root: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity
LUCY SHEEN... Musings of a Transracial Adoptee
LAURA DENNIS... Question Everything, Including Adoption
JULIE STROMBERG... Let’s Pretend
LEE HERRICK... Salvation
MATTHEW SALESSES... The Powers That Beast
JENIIFER BAO YU ‘PRECIOUS JADE’ JUE-STEUCK... Swinging the Balance of the Universe: Memories, Mantras & Musings on the Mixed-Blessings of the Iconic Myth of ‘The Perpetual Child’ in Adoption
MEI-MEI AKWAI ELLERMAN... Coming Full Circle
ANGELA TUCKER...Should Adoptees be Consider a Gift?
APRIL TOPFER... Initiatory Conceptions of the Adopted Individual’s Perpetual Child along the Adoption Path
elevator fiction is cultureword’s collection of micro narratives under 500 words.
writers in this anthology are all from black, asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. ‘