Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord
Global crises require innovation. In her new show, born from the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristina Wong details how she went from out-of-work performance artist to overlord of a homemade face mask empire in just ten days! With her trademark wit, she explores how she was able to build a sweatshop of hundreds of volunteer "Aunties" (which includes the labor of children and her own mother!) to fix the Public Healthcare system while in quarantine.
This hilarious monologue is a scathing critique of how America's pursuit of global empire has left its citizens scrambling to provide basic PPE to essential workers and to keep themselves healthy. At a time of xenophobia and hostility against Asian Americans, Kristina Wong reexamines the labor of sewing (masks)—the historically gendered and racialized invisible labor for Asian American women and women of color.
About Kristina Wong
An LA based performance artist, comedian, writer, activist, and elected representative (Wilshire Center Koreatown Sub-district 5 Neighborhood Council), Kristina Wong has been speaking up for many disadvantaged communities for many years. She was featured in the New York Times’ Off Color series that highlights “artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.” Center Theatre Group honored her as the 2019 Sherwood Award recipient for her exceptional contribution to the Los Angeles theatre landscape.
Kristina Wong has presented her work across North America, the UK, Hong Kong and Africa. She has been a guest on late night shows on Comedy Central and FX. She starred in her own pilot presentation with Lionsgate for truTV. Her commentaries have appeared on American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, VICE, Jezebel, Playgirl Magazine, Huffington Post and CNN. She has received many grants for her work, such as from Creative Capital, The MAP Fund, Center for Cultural Innovation, National Performance Network, a COLA Master Artist Fellowship from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and others.
Her most representative works include Mad Hatter Gin and Tea Party, the viral web series How Not to Pick up Asian Chicks, and Radical Cram School, The Wong Street Journal, and her long running show Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next.
For more about Kristina Wong, see http://kristinawong.com/