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Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy - A Multimedia Concert

  • Pao Art Center 99 Albany Street Boston, MA, 02111 United States (map)
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No-No Boy is a multimedia concert, an immersive experience featuring the music of singer/songwriter Julian Saporiti. Inspired by his doctoral research at Brown University, as well as his experiences growing up as the son of a Vietnamese refugee in Tennessee, Saporiti’s original songs, interwoven amongst stories he has collected through the years, are performed against a backdrop of projections displaying archival photographs and films.  Through music, storytelling and visuals, the No-No Boy concert shines a light on diverse but interconnected histories: WWII Japanese Incarceration, southeast Asian refugees, and kids in middle-America making sense of hyphenated identities. 

Saporiti will be joined by singer Erin Aoyama, a fellow Brown PhD student whose participation in the project is deeply personal as her own grandmother was incarcerated in a Japanese-American concentration camp.

About the Artist: From 2004-2010, Julian Saporiti fronted the indie-rock group The Young Republic. Later, while in Laramie, Wyoming to pursue a Master's in American Studies, Saporiti made several trips to the remains of the Heart Mountain concentration camp where, during WWII, the US government unconstitutionally incarcerated over 10,000 people of Japanese descent. Saporiti began interviewing camp survivors and researching the music performed in the camps. From these interviews, and his thoughts about his own displaced family of Vietnamese refugees, he began writing No-No Boy. He resides in Providence, Rhode Island where he iscontinuing this research, composing and recording music, and pursuing a PhD at Brown University, where he also directs the Brown Arts Initiative Songwriters Workshop..

Directions: The Pao Arts Center is located in the One Greenway building, 99 Kneeland Street. For GPS driving directions, use 66 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111. From Hudson Street, walk up the stairs and across the deck to the 99 Albany Street entrance. The public parking garage entrance is on Hudson Street. The Pao Arts Center is accessible by the MBTA green, red, and orange lines.

Contact: Karthik Submaranian | 617-863-9072

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