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Chinatown Presents: No-No Boy

  • Pao Art Center 99 Albany Street Boston, MA, 02111 United States (map)
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Acclaimed songwriter musician Julian Saporiti brings his No-No Boy project, an innovative blend of music and scholarship, to Pao Arts Center. Working from years of doctoral research at Brown University, Saporiti has transformed Asian American histories into an immersive multimedia concert using original folk songs and archival projections to create what NPR has called "an act of revisionist subversion." This concert will focus on a selection of songs from Saporiti's vast catalogue that highlight his family's history as Vietnamese refugees, as well as a suite of songs that look at diverse stories from North America's Chinatowns. 

Suggested donation for the event: $10. All proceeds support arts programming at the Pao Arts Center.

About the Artists:

No-No Boy is a multimedia concert 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. No-No Boy creates an immersive experience which shines a light on diverse but interconnected histories: WWII Japanese Incarceration, southeast Asian refugees, and kids in middle-America making sense of hyphenated identities.

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: Cynthia Woo | 617-863-9080