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Kristina Wong's Sweat Shop Overlord

December 2, 2020 - 11:30am

In her new show, born from the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristina Wong details how she went from out-of-work performance artist to overlord of a homemade face mask empire in just ten days! With her trademark wit, she explores how she was able to build the Auntie Sewing Squad, a sweatshop of hundreds of volunteer "Aunties" (which includes the labor of children and her own mother!) to fix the Public Health care system while in quarantine.

It's like the story of the American Dream, except it's really a scathing critique of how America's pursuit of global empire has left us scrambling to provide basic PPE to essential workers and ill prepared to keep citizens healthy. It also looks at the significance of Asian American women and Women of Color performing this historically gendered and racialized invisible labor.  The monologue unfolds during a time when backlash against Asian Americans is at an all time high. 

Free and open to the public: event registration link coming soon. 

Performed live from her home in Koreatown, LA.

Sponsored by the UC Merced English program and UC Merced Arts.

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