SPECIALLY PROCESSED AMERICAN ME
7 – 8:30PM
Join us for a reading of Jaime Sunwoo’s ‘Specially Processed American Me’, a surreal autobiographical performance using SPAM, the canned meat, as a portal into her Asian American upbringing and her family’s experiences of the Korean War. It investigates SPAM’s legacy in the military, its significance in the Asia-Pacific, and its influence on Asian cuisine through music, shadowplay, and cooking. Oscillating wildly between absurd humor and sober tragedy, Specially Processed American Me is a thought-provoking exploration of one of America’s most misunderstood foods.
In addition to performances, Specially Processed American Me holds food history and storytelling workshops over a communal SPAM meal. To learn more, visit speciallyprocessed.com and follow facebook.com/speciallyprocessed and instagram.com/speciallyprocessed
Performed by Jaime Sunwoo, Juella Baltonado, Nathaniel Basch-Gould, Kiyo Kamisawa, Alex M. Lee, Adrianna Mateo, and Arielle Rabano.
Music and Lyrics by Matt Chilton.
Dramaturgy by Alex M. Lee.
Past development support thanks to Leviathan Lab, Barn Arts, FailSafe Festival NYC, and BAX Upstart Program.