Recent important reads

On white woman as a violent presence: https://www.buzzfeed.com/aishamirza/until-white-women-ruined-it?s=webapp&utm_term=.pudpbZ3ar#.ejl360VKL On survival: https://twitter.com/nototally/status/867612720165568512 A book for me to read asap to help me survive: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/why-im-no-longer-talking-to-white-people-about-race-9781408870570/ Something recommended to me: https://robindiangelo.com/publications/ Another book I am so looking forward to in terms of giving me hope and stretching my heart and mind: https://unbound.com/books/rife/shed

Media machine

Those distressed by the media machine, I'd love to hear from you. Where do you read your news and how you stay informed and sane? Folks might be interested in Positive News, and Byline Festival  for independent journalism and freedom of speech. I also hear there is an app which tells you where on the... Continue Reading →

Skin 23 May 17

How do I feel about a man yelling "Ni hao!" to me at the top of his lungs? Not good. He was travelling too fast for me to react. This happened 4 mins away from my front door in Peckham/Camberwell. Peckham is "diverse" (horrible word). Camberwell is arty and chi-chi. Should I have yelled something... Continue Reading →

Chok Day

Dear everyone, thanks for the birthday wishes! I'm resting up after a few intense weeks of doing a show, handing in an MA assignment, being mega under pressure with some big life changes. ALL GOOD but very exhausting. Please note that there is no birthday bash that no one's been invited to! Health still a... Continue Reading →

Media depictions of asians and woc

This is a draft of a piece I sent in to The Guardian when they asked me to comment on the nanny incident. This is what got published. "In a world noisy with news of terrible atrocities, why are arguments about assuming an asian woman is the nanny and not the wife, worth our time?... Continue Reading →

Day 2 Machynnleth Fest

It really is pleasant. Manageable in size. Ok for those who worry about crowds, busy-ness, lack of toilets, etc.! Shows watched  Cat James' solo theatre piece with dance Worse Things Happen. This is the reason I travelled to the festival. Cat is a beautiful, intelligent, generous, brave, and skilled performer and maker. This is a... Continue Reading →

Day 1 Machynlleth Fest

Food poisoning + Post workout body pain trauma + B&B without a bath + lack of sleep  for over a week + drained from making work, battling the establishment, fighting for inclusion, cycling two hours a day, excitement and anxiety of reuniting with old pals. Watched Grainne Maguire and Phil Wang testing new stuff* then... Continue Reading →

Chok and Amy Schumer 

Ok so the thing is, I don't know. I've been thinking a lot about comedy and I work in comedy and performance and performing identities and character comedy and bouffon. I make work that is personal and political. So, when I first watched an Amy Schumer special a couple of years ago, I was pretty... Continue Reading →

Chok and the Police

On 28th March 2017, Ben Walters (journalist and activist), Grace Willis (educator and mother), Kai (her twelve year old son), and I met with the police at Brixton Police Station to express our concerns about a Crimestoppers-style electronic billboard outside Waterloo station. This mobile display showed headshots of people wanted by the police and the majority... Continue Reading →

Truth v.2

Some notes inspired by today's session at The Roundhouse, where three young adults were responding to and asking questions about my poem. The provocation for the poem was "truth". A personal response?: Revisit the text as primary source/starting point. Read it a few times. Meaning changes through repetition. Or does it? What pictures or sensations... Continue Reading →

truth 

Today I get to meet some of the young people (17-21) who will have some ideas about creating film content for a poem I've written. Part of The Last Word Festival, I'm really excited to have the chance to see how my work and process is handled! I hope that there will be some positive... Continue Reading →

Dust and seeds

A woman told me that I wasn't ready to shoot for the stars. It's better to not be depressed first. I'm thinking that if I'm in a hole, what better thing to focus on than the sky? Walk before flying? Nah.  A man told me that I shouldn't.  I should look after baby animals, backpackers.... Continue Reading →

Reading list

Here is a preliminary reading list for my next piece, working title, Chinese Kisses. Obvs not complete and obvs I am not a fan of all the items cited so do ask directly if you'd like my personal opinion on any item(s). Theoretical – on writing. Exploring experience vs. imagination, autobiography/biography, the personal and the... Continue Reading →

Write a note to your gardener

A writing provocation from Gloria Sanders, 11 Jan 2014: Dear Gardener, a note I probably won’t send, as it’s too personal. Hello, I’m Vera. I live here now and was wondering if you’d take me on a tour of the garden. Tell me where the secret things are lying dormant, waiting for spring. Let me... Continue Reading →

On playing Evil Chinese Person

We can't take our skins off after the show.  East Asian actors: please, if you can afford it financially, don't take on jobs where you're asked to reinforce anti-China sentiment. Anything like "the Chinese" are cold/ruthless/out to get our jobs/excessively rude/sneaky. Obvs if the production is nuanced, sure, but often as actors we are asked... Continue Reading →

On sex positivity

Here is something short I wrote when someone asked me what I meant by sex positivity: "I take sex positivity to mean being positive about sex - losing the shame surrounding it, talking about it, normalising it. So the way I practice this is that I try to be more open about it and move... Continue Reading →

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