Mixed Heritage Artist Explores interracial marriage history
- Hi Folks,
I wanted to let you all know about a
great play being staged in San Francisco
March 3rd and March 4th.
It is a one woman show by Brenda Wong Aoki
(Japanese, Chinese and Scottish), with musical
accopmaniment by her husband, jazz musician Mark Izu.
"Uncle Gunjiro's Girlfriend" is about Aoki's
family history and her personal search for
the truth behind the big family secret:
her great-uncle, Gunjiro Aoki, was hounded by
the California press when he fell in love with
Miss Emery, daughter of a Bay Area Archbishop.
It was illegal for Chinese to marry Whites
in 1906, but Japanese were not on the books
until their marriage plans became public.
Then, the California State legislature quickly
added Japanese to the "no marry" list.
Mr. Aoki and Ms. Emery had to travel to several
states before they were allowed to marry.
The play, which I saw performed several years ago
and have never been able to get out of my mind,
chronicles Brenda Wong Aoki's personal search
for the meaning of this family history.
She's an amazing, riveting performer and
I can't wait to see the play again.
If you are in SF and want to catch it too,
call 415-292-1233 for reservations
or contact First Voice at 415 221-0601.
This is a show not to be missed!