Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang Photos at the Shanghai World Expo 2010’s USA Pavilion, Library of Congress and Hollywood Chinese: The Arthur Dong Collection in L.A.

David Henry Hwang sits in the Virginia Theatre in New York before the curtain for Flower Drum Song in March, 2003. Photo by Lia Chang

David Henry Hwang sits in the Virginia Theatre in New York before the curtain for Flower Drum Song in March, 2003. Photo by Lia Chang

Shanghai World Expo 2010 USA Pavilion
From May 1-October 31, my portrait of playwright David Henry Hwang taken in 2003 at the Virginia Theatre in New York during the run of Flower Drum Song, is featured in a special exhibit entitled, “The Chinese in America – We are Family” currently on display at the Shanghai World Expo 2010’s USA Pavilion. Created by the Committee of 100, the exhibit displayed on a video wall, features more than 10,000 photos of Americans of Chinese descent. Chinese-Americans can join the wall by logging on to www.jointhewall.org or www.comebuildthewall.org, where you can upload your photo along with your family surname, lineage, ancestral Chinese provinces and current U.S. residence. New photos are updated daily to the wall.

Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang

Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang Theater Photography Portfolio/Library of Congress
In July, selections of my archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space will become part of the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Thom Sesma, who starred as Captain Ahrab in the Twyla Tharp/Dylan Project The Times Are A Changin, backstage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York on November 15, 2006. Photo by Lia Chang

Thom Sesma, who starred as Captain Ahrab in the Twyla Tharp/Dylan Project The Times Are A Changin, backstage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York on November 15, 2006. Photo by Lia Chang

 

Backstage at the Asia Society in New York with the cast of the staged concert reading of Heading East starring BD Wong, on May 24, 2010. Photo by Lia Chang

Backstage at the Asia Society in New York with the cast of the staged concert reading of Heading East starring BD Wong, on May 24, 2010. Photo by Lia Chang


HAUSCR Summit for Young Leaders in China (HSYLC)

Playwright David Henry Hwang during a rehearsal of Flower Drum Song at 890 Broadway Studios in 2002. Photo by Lia Chang

Playwright David Henry Hwang during a rehearsal of Flower Drum Song at 890 Broadway Studios in 2002. Photo by Lia Chang

Through November 7, 2010, my photograph of playwright David Henry Hwang, taken during a rehearsal of Flower Drum Song in 2002, is featured in the exhibition Hollywood Chinese: The Arthur Dong Collection at the Chinese American Museum (CAM) in Los Angeles.


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Photo by Lia Chang

Photo by Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer and an award-winning multimedia journalist. Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, VIBE, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle, Timeout.com, Villagevoice.com, Playbill.com, Theatermania.com, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog. As a photographer and videographer, Lia is frequently tapped to collaborate with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

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