The Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI), of the City University of New York (CUNY), has selected Mr. Yineng Ye as the recipient of the 2018 CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship. A senior Theatre major at The City College of New York/CUNY, Mr. Ye’s project, What’s Wrong with “American-Born [ ]?”, will explore will explore conflicts in an Asian American family through a production of Carla Ching’s play “Fast Company,” a story about a family in which everyone is a con artist., in Spring 2019 at City College.
While the children are running cons on one another in “Fast Company,” they are unaware that they are falling for a “con” their single mother is running – the final one that is intended to teach her children a lesson about the meaning of family. With a cast of both Asian and non-Asian actors, the production reflects dilemmas experienced by not only Asian children, but also those of other children from different cultural backgrounds. The characters struggle with feeling as if they are born into a “con”, experiencing the pressure to fit in among society, questioning their identity, while also carrying the responsibilities and expectations passed down from the older generations. “Fast Company” is not only an exploration into the meaning of family, but also an inquiry of identity.
In addition to Mr. Ye, an honorable mention prize ($250) will be awarded to Ms. Sherry Chen, a sophomore Marketing major at Baruch College/CUNY, for her project, Queens Youth Collaborative (QYC) / New York Asian American Youth Conference. Ms. Chen addresses in her project the social challenges of growing up as an Asian American in the 21st century and how the community deals with issues such as domestic violence and sexual assault, with silence often outcome. Ms. Chen has launched and been involved with several enrichment workshops designed to encourage Asian Americans to speak out about their experiences and to become part of a larger community.
Both students will be honored at the upcoming AAARI 17th Annual Gala on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
More Info: https://aaari.info/2018tamscholarship/