Revisiting Our Roots & Madame Ho

Legendary San Francisco institutions, Kearny Street Workshop and the Great Star Theater in Chinatown present programs exploring Asian American roots through literature, photography and the stage  during upcoming events this month.


Revisiting Our Roots

Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest Asian American multidisciplinary arts organization in the country, presents Revisiting Our Roots: KSW Press.  Former KSW Executive Director, Nancy Hom, will lead a panel of KWS authors and artists from the 70s and 80s as they discuss the history of its publishing wing and the decorated roster of titles released by KSW Press.

The home of beloved local authors like Genny Lim, the late Jeff Tagami, Jaime Jacinto, and Virginia Cerenio, KSW Press also published books of photography and literary anthologies that document a vibrant era of Asian American art in San Francisco. The panel will be followed by an intergenerational reading and performance.

Sat., May 21st @ 7-10pm

Arc Gallery & Studios

1246 Folsom St., San Francisco

Madame Ho


Award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Eugenie Chan, presents Madame Ho, a play inspired by her great-grandmother.  

A tale of of survival and complicity, Chan wrote this play with her childhood in mind as she “would hear rumors of my father’s family’s tainted past. That my great-grandmother was a brothel madam. Aunts would shoo away a flamboyant uncle who dared tell such tales at the teen table. My mother who married into the family was straightforward: It was a way to survive. I wondered what it was like for this great-grandmother to raise a family while running this business. And to do so with the highest regard for her children’s future in the segregated world of the late 1800s. Thus, Madame Ho was born.”

Directed by Jessica Heidt and starring Katherine Chin, Monica Ho, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Gwen Loeb, Josephine Ma, Randall Nakano, Erin Mei-Ling Stuart, Mia Tagano, Mimu Tsujimura, and Ogie Zulueta, Madame Ho will be presented at Chinatown’s iconic Great Star Theater.

Sat., May 28, 2016 @ 1pm - 3pm

The Great Star Theater

636 Jackson St, San Francisco