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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater

The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin

July 20, 2019, 5pm

In the Martel Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

By Jessica Huang
Directed by Kip Fagan

Featuring: Kim Blanck, Caroline Hewitt, David Shih, Kaipo Schwab, Ricardo Vazquez, Jeena Yi

During the Chinese Exclusion Act, Harry Chin, a Chinese national, entered the U.S. by buying forged documentation. Like other “Paper Sons,” Harry underwent a brutal detention and interrogation, and lived the rest of his life keeping secrets – even from his daughter. Told through the eyes of a middle-aged Chin, The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin reveals the complicated loves and regrets of this Chinese immigrant who wound up in Minnesota. Through dreamlike leaps of time and space and with the powerful assistance of ghosts, the story of the Chin family reveals the personal and political repercussions of making group of people “illegal.”