Ella Johnson Library to host Asian American storyteller May 13

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Ella Johnson Library District in Hampshire will host the presentation "Not Quite: Asian Americans and the 'Other' in the Era of the Pandemic and the Uprising" with storyteller Ada Cheng.

The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13. Sign up for the Zoom presentation at

Cheng explores several major themes: the meanings of home(land), racial profiling and the image of the perpetual foreigner, and anti-Asian racism under the pandemic. The performance is 45 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

Cheng is a professor-turned-storyteller, solo performer, and storytelling show producer. She was a tenured professor in sociology at DePaul University from 2001-2016, when she resigned to pursue storytelling and performance full time.

This event is presented in collaboration with Illinois Humanities, which is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Illinois General Assembly through the Illinois Arts Council Agency, as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed by speakers, program participants, or audiences do not necessarily reflect those of the NEH, Illinois Humanities, IACA, the partnering organizations, or funders.

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