Performing History

“Performing History: Documenting and Enacting the Asian American Midwest”


Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Mitchell Theater, Vilas Hall

  • 7:00 PM: “Our Stories, Our History”: Snapshots of Asian America in the Midwest
    A performance piece composed and directed by David Furumoto. A talkback will follow the performance.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

  • 2.30 PM: “Scents of Home”
    A sensorial workshop with Chicago-based performance artist Patricia Nguyen exploring the power of scent as a mnemonic aid.
    RSVP at or on our Facebook page @asianamericanmidwest
    6191 Helen C. White Hall
  • 4.00 PM: “Asian Americans in the Midwest: Documenting and Enacting History”
    A panel moderated by Timothy Yu (UW-Madison) featuring David Furumoto (UW-Madison), Victor Jew (UW-Madison), Rebecca Kinney (Bowling Green State University), Patricia Nguyen (Northwestern University) and Bich Minh Nguyen, author of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner (2007)
    Room 309, Pyle Center
  • 7.30 PM: Reading by Bich Minh Nguyen
    Nationally-acclaimed author Bich Minh Nguyen will read selections from her work.
    Room 309, Pyle Center

All events are free and open to the public.
This project is supported by the Humanities Without Walls consortium, based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Humanities Without Walls consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “Performing History” is co-sponsored by UW-Madison’s Department of English, Department of History, Department of Theatre and Drama, the Asian American Studies Program, the Institute for Research in the Humanities, the Center for Visual Cultures and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

For further information or queries, please contact Jacqulyn Teoh at

More information can be found on the Isthmus website.