To Be Heard Unheard
About the project
To Be Heard X Unheard is an interdisciplinary experimental music theatre research project with collaborations between music, theatre, dance, and arts speaking about Asian women experiences in the United States. It included acoustic & electronic music; monologues & crew acting; contemporary dance; visual arts, photography, and films. The project is based on stories that were collected from in-person interviews, autobiographical writings, real events, and Asian American literature.
The project was produced by Michele Cheng, an MFA candidate in Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology at the University of California, Irvine in 2016. Most of the team members came from various departments at UC, Irvine including doctoral, masters, and undergraduate students. The project also featured some professionals from the LA industry.
To Be Heard X Unheard was recognized a winner of The American Prize and a finalist of ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards in 2017.
Ethnosexualization- Stereotyping, discrimination, and oppression on Asian women from mass media, commercial, and film industry
Cultural Spacesuit- Immigration and Transformation
Different Mirrors- Culture and Tradition
I. Oral Languages
Mother and Daughter- Dedication to the Homeland
I 愛 You- Interracial & Homosexual Relationship
II. Internal Conflicts
III. External Forces
IV. Way to go (Epilogue)
To be continued- Human Pride
Chou, Rosalind S., Asian American Sextual Politics: The Construction of Race, Gender, and Sexuality. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2012.
Han, Arar, and Hsu, John, eds. Asian American X: an intersection of twenty-first- century Asian American voices. University Press, 2007.
Lin, Brenda. Weath Ribbon: Taiwan Bound, America Bound. University of Indianapolis Press, 2004.
Sensoy, Ö zlem, and DiAngelo, Robin. Is everyone really equal? : An introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education. New York, NY: Columbia University, 2012.
Artworks © designed by Chuan-shun Huang
Producer&Composer: Michele Cheng
Soprano Sax & Flute: Molly Jones
EWI: George Wheeler
Electric Guitar: Jordan Watson
Electric Guitar: Anthony Caulkins
Electric Bass: Hassan Estakhrian
Accordion & Piano: Borey Shin
Drum: Oliver Dobrian
Bass Clarinet: Richard Savery
Harp: Taylor Censoprano
Violin: April Kim
Acoustic Bass: Dylan Romaine
Shakuhachi & Taiko: Shi-wei Willie Wu
Piano & Vocal: Michele Cheng
Visual Artist: Christopher Wong | Khue Bui
FIlm Director & Editor: XinXin Lin
Film Cinematographers: XinXin Lin | Nicky Wan
Photographer: Chien-yin Hsieh
Directors: Wind Woods | XinXin Lin
Writer: Sonia Desai | Michele Cheng
Actors: Sharon Kuo, Desiree Nguyen, Tiffany Lee, Edmund Truong
Narrators: Ryan Schwalm | Liam Holten | Michele Cheng
Lighting Designer: Sarah Resch
Projection Designer: Michele Cheng
Scenic Designer: Michele Cheng
Choreographer: Boroka Nagy
Dancers: Boroka Nagy | Emily Yamashita
Stage Manager: Elizabeth Erickson
Sound Engineer: Elizabeth Erickson
Recording Engineer: Hassan Estakhrian
Lighting Operator: Mingna Li
Projection Operators: Elizabeth Ericsson | Michele Cheng
Sound Operators: Elizabeth Ericsson | Michele Cheng
Cinematographers: XinXin Lin | Yue Huang
Photographer: Chien-yin Hsieh
Sound Engineer: Hassan Estakhrian
Video Editors: Hassan Estakhrian
Graphic Designer: Chuan-shun Huang