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Miyoshi Sketches is a new work by composer Francis Wong created with the support of Individual Artist Commissions of Cultural Equity Grants and features Tatsu Aoki and Chizuru Kineya, shamisen (Japanese three-string lute); Yangqin Zhao, yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer); Jim Norton and Francis Wong, woodwinds; Wayne Wallace, trombone; Melody Takata, taiko; and Deszon Claiborne, percussion. This work memorializes the friendship that developed between Wong's parents, immigrants from China, and John Miyoshi, a Japanese American World War II veteran in post–World War II–era San Francisco. In addition to Miyoshi Sketches the ensemble will perform two previous compositions by Wong, La Chine Africaine (for my mother) and Dream.
Excerpt from The Escape
by Lenora Lee Dance
with Kei Lun Martial Arts and Enshin Karate, South San Francisco Dojo
featuring media design by Olivia Ting, music by Francis Wong, text by Genny Lim, and cinematography by Tatsu Aoki, filmed by Ben Estabrook and Eric Koziol
The Escape is inspired by stories of women who had become vulnerable upon arrival into the United States during the early 20th century. It seeks to shed light on the experiences of these women in the context of the period's social history for Chinese in America as well as for women in the society as a whole, alongside the struggles and achievements of the 20th-century women¹s movement, which took on such issues as child labor and human trafficking.
The Escape is being developed by de Young Artist Fellow Lenora Lee during her yearlong fellowship and will be presented in full on November 8 and 9 at the museum. For more information on presentations of works in progress and related events, please visit the Artist Fellows page.