Jaime Sunwoo: Specially Processed American Me
Queens Council on the Arts’ Artist Commissioning Program (ACP) and Flushing Town Hall are pleased to present ACP Live – a work in progress showcase and discussion of Jaime Sunwoo’s Specially Processed American Me, a new surreal autobiographical performance selected by Flushing art commissioners.
In honor of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, ACP Art Commissioner and moderator Sejin Park will lead a panel discussion with questions inspired by the themes Sunwoo explores in her play– family, identity, immigration, and war trauma– as an opportunity to reflect on how the war has shaped the Korean American community. We welcome people of all ages to join the conversation. The event will include Korean subtitles.
– Jaime Sunwoo, ACP Awardee in Playwriting
– Sejin Park (moderator), Flushing Art Commissioner & Education Coordinator, The Noguchi Museum
– John X Choe, Flushing Art Commissioner & Executive Director, Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce
– Jeehae Fischer, Executive Director, Korean American Family Service Center
– HJ Lee, Co-Founder & Executive Director, KoreanAmericanStory.org
-Heejeong Sohn, Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director, Center for Korean Studies, Stony Brook University
About ACP Live
This live streamed event will take you behind the scenes of this forthcoming work with all of the key players, including the Flushing Art Commissioners that selected this work and community partners that help the local arts community thrive.
About “Specially Processed American Me”
Specially Processed American Me uses SPAM, the canned meat, as a portal into her Asian American upbringing and her family’s experiences of the Korean War. It investigates SPAM’s legacy in the military, its significance in the Asia-Pacific, and its influence on Asian cuisine through music, shadowplay, and cooking. Oscillating wildly between absurd humor and sober tragedy, Specially Processed American Me is a thought-provoking exploration of one of America’s most misunderstood foods.