The Don’t Buy Miss Saigon Coalition has been organizing against the stereotypes and misconceptions perpetuated by the production of Miss Saigon and the fact that it has come back to the Ordway for the third time. The Coalition has created the October 8 event as an opportunity for local Asian Americans and our allies to come together in solidarity and to share our own truth about what it means to be Asian American.
The fact that Miss Saigon is playing at the Ordway which is located in the city of Saint Paul is troubling given our large Asian American population and the impact a play like this can have here. Saint Paul has seen a 20 percent increase of the Asian American population from 2000-2010 and has thirty-one percent of Saint Paul Public School students now Asian American (Wilder Foundation July 2013). Asians are also the fastest growing racial group in the state (MinnPost June 2013) and has one of the largest trans-racial, trans-national adoptee populations.
We are expecting approximately 200 community members at this event.
To learn more about the play and what’s wrong with it, please visit the Don’t Buy Miss Saigon Coalition’s website: http://www.dontbuymiss-saigon.com/
Who: Don’t Buy Miss Saigon Coalition
What: Don’t Buy Miss Saigon: The Unity Event
Where: Rice Park – 109 W 4th St, St. Paul, MN 55102 (across the street from the Ordway)
When: Tuesday, October 8 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
For more information the media can contact the Coalition’s media contacts, Chay Douangphouxay and Margie Andreason. Both will be present on the day of the October 8 event and will be wearing name tags marking them as the media contacts.