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William Yang ushers in new generation of Asian-Australian storytellers   
Monday, 3 September 2012

Produced by Biwa Kwan

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A theatre production opening in Sydney this week explores the changing experience of Asian-Australians across generations. Six Asian-Australians will publicly expose the skeletons in their family closets as they trace their journeys from China, Vietnam, Malaysia and India to Australia. They have been mentored in the process by internationally acclaimed storyteller William Yang, who has become known for his performances featuring autobiographical monologues with image projection.

A third-generation Chinese-Australian, Yang has documented Sydney’s gay subculture and figures in the artistic community including figures such as Patrick White, Brett Whiteley and Mel Gibson. Biwa Kwan dropped in on their rehearsals ahead of their opening night on Thursday. (Image: Some of the cast members in Stories East & West by Biwa Kwan)

Featured in story
Mary Tang - poet, storyteller in Stories East & West
William Yang - photographer, co-director of Stories East & West
Annette Shuh Wah - President of Performance 4A, co-director of Stories East & West
Joy Hopwood - former Play School presenter, storyteller in Stories East & West

Related Links
Interview with William Yang for The Wire Radio
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