Friday, March 15, 2013
Office of College Advancement
Fremont, CA-Kristina Wong, one of the "Seven Funniest Eco-Comedians" per Mother Nature Network, performs her solo comedian act "WONG Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" at the Ohlone College Smith Center on Wednesday, April 3rd. Her performance takes a surprising, raucous approach to directly address the high rates of depression and even suicide among young Asian American women. Although she uses humor to present her subject, she has nevertheless taken on the serious mission of helping these women and others to recognize their shared experiences and hopefully to benefit from her "no topic is sacred" attitude.
Sally Bratton, Director of Ohlone's Student Health Center said, "We are thrilled to welcome Kristina Wong to Ohlone to present her live performance of 'Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.' Kristina is an international performer with roots in the Bay Area and addresses the subject of suicide very artfully." Ms. Wong's performance is part of Ohlone's campus-wide efforts to promote student mental health, through "STEP Up Ohlone", a grant funded program.
The Philadelphia Metro hails Wong's performance as a "one woman show [that] keeps the laughs coming as it tackles the issues of depression." Since 2006, she has performed her noteworthy touring show "Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," in 40 different venues. And her performance is a broadcast quality DVD that has been acquired by university libraries nationwide and is available for home purchase on amazon.com. In addition to her solo performing Ms. Wong is also a writer and cultural commentator.
Ohlone College's Student Health Center is hosting this event as part of the "STEP Up Ohlone" program, a campus-wide effort to promote student mental health, reduce stigma and discrimination around help-seeking behaviors, and increase the capacity of faculty and staff to understand mental health issues among students. This event is one of many events funded by a two-year grant from the Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services through Prop 63 state funds.
One hour prior to the performance, many event sponsors will have tables in the Smith Center lobby, with information about mental health services they provide. Event sponsors include: STEP Up Ohlone, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Fremont Hospital, Washington Hospital, Asian Community Mental Health Services, the Afghan Coalition, Portia Belle Hume Center, and the Office of Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-20). This event is also sponsored by ASOC, Associated Students of Ohlone College, and Ohlone College's Asian Pacific American Student Association.
For more information visit www.smithcenter.com.
- Event: "Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Kristina Wong
- Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
- Information Tabling: 6:00pm-7:30pm
- Live performance: 7:30pm-9:30pm
- Reception: 9:30pm-10:00pm
- Smith Center Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94539
- Cost: Free for Ohlone students, staff, faculty and must be picked up at box office (not available online)
- $5 General Admission
- $2 Event Parking
- Call: 510.659.6031
- Online tickets: www.smithcenter.com
- ASL Interpreted