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No-No Boy (performance)
February 10 | 7:30 pm | $10 advance / $12 day of show
Walters Cultural Arts Center
527 E Main St
Hillsboro, OR 97123
An immersive multimedia work blending original folk songs, storytelling, and projected archival images, No-No Boy illuminates hidden American histories and the untold stories of Asian Americans, refugees, and immigrants to the U.S. Taking inspiration from his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, as well as many other stories of Asian American experience, Nashville born songwriter Julian Saporiti transformed years of research and doctoral study into this innovative project to engage diverse audiences with difficult conversations. “Amazing storytelling in the finest folk tradition” (San Francisco Chronicle), Saporiti combines original folk songs with historical film and sound clips, offering a new set of overlooked histories and nuanced tales that “re-examines Americana with devastating effect… an act of revisionist subversion” (NPR). NoNoBoyProject.com
This performance combines original folk songs with film and storytelling to share overlooked histories and experiences of Asian Americans, refugees, and immigrants. While Julian has performed across the nation, from rural high schools and churches to Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, this is his first performance of No-No Boy in the Portland area since moving here in 2020. Julian will also be offering a special one-day workshop on Saturday, February 18, which you can read about here.