Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire

Tuesday, April 10th, 5:30p
L285 Recital Hall
UIC Theater Building
1044 West Harrison Street

This solo performance is designed with political urgency and aims for political impact. This show is a direct response to the current political climate and the Drumpf Presidency. In this solo, Ada Cheng uses “not quite” to explore and connect several major themes: the meanings of home(land), the institutionalization of the alien status, the fractured nature of Asian American identity, and the intersectionality of multiple identities. Ada Cheng intends this show to be an artistic intervention and an intellectual challenge to current politics and debates. The performance itself is 45 minutes, followed by discussion. This performance has received great reviews from The Washington Post and DC Metro Arts.

This event is free and open to the public!

“But Cheng is captivating throughout, fierce, angry and energizing. You can’t take your eyes off her. Her story demands to be heard.” —- The Washington Post
“So, again: see this show. Theater works best when there’s this alchemical exchange: your attention for the artist’s message. Your attention to this woman and this story – at this time, particularly – will be more than repaid.” —- DC Metro Arts


Ada Cheng is a professor-turned storyteller and performing artist. She has been featured at storytelling shows in Chicago, Atlanta, Cedar Rapids, New York, Asheville, and Kansas City. In 2017, she performed her first solo show, Not Quite: Asian American by Law, Asian Woman by Desire, at National Storytelling Conference, Capital Fringe Festival, Minnesota Fringe Festival, and Boulder Fringe Festival. She debuted her second solo show, Breaking Rules, Broken Hearts: Loving across Borders, with Fillet of Solo Storytelling Festival at Lifeline Theatre in January 2018. She will be bringing this performance to the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York In October 2018. Ada is the producer and host of the show Am I Man Enough?: A Storytelling/Podcasting Show, where people tell personal stories to critically examine the culture of toxic masculinity and the construction of masculinity and manhood. In addition, she is the co-producer and co-host of Talk Stories: An Asian American/Asian Diaspora Storytelling Show, along with Archy Jamjun, a show where they showcase Asian/Asian American storytellers and performing artists. Her motto: Make your life the best story you tell.