Photo left to right: Angela Lin, Rammel Chan and Daniel Smith in "King of the Yees." (By Liz Lauren)
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Terrorism and immigration beat out healthcare as top issues for Republican voters, according to a recent Harvard poll. Meanwhile, President Trump’s approval ratings have dwindled to historic lows. He’s now the least popular president at this stage since modern polling began. But among his core supporters, Trump still gets high marks.
On the east side of the Colorado Street bridge in Pasadena, there’s a sign that says “There is hope,” along with a crisis hotline number. So far this year, police have been called to the bridge on 21 “mental health” calls. Six of those were suicides. Work crews have put up temporary barriers to stop jumpers.
When residents of Cheran got sick of too much corruption and violence, and couldn’t trust the police or authorities to do anything about it, they took matters into their own hands. They staged a revolt and established their own government. For six years, there hasn’t been any serious crime -- not one murder. Cheran is in the state of Michoacan, where authorities say almost 600 people were killed between January and May this year.
The play “King of the Yees” centers on the divide between a father and daughter. Larry Yee is part of an obsolescent Chinese men’s club, and his daughter Lauren doesn’t like the club or her life in San Francisco’s Chinatown. But after her dad disappears, she has to embrace her Chinese-American heritage to get him back. “King of the Yees,” runs now through August 6 at the Kirk Douglas Theater.
Lauren Yee is the playwright behind "King of the Yees."
(Photo courtesy of Center Theatre Group)
Left to right: Stephenie Soohyun Park, Angela Lin, Rammel Chan
and Daniel Smith in "King of the Yees." (Photo by Liz Lauren)
Francis Jue and Stephenie Soohyun Park play father and
daughter in "King of the Yees." (Photo by Craig Schwartz)
KING OF THE YEES
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