Two Asian-American, Queer Performers Document Their Cross-Country Tour
Boston, MA - January 4, 2008 - Well-known transgendered slam poet, Kit Yan, and award-winning composer, singer, songwriter and filmmaker, Melissa Li, team up for a 12-week cross-country road tour.
The Good Asian Drivers Tour kicks off in February with performances on college campuses and other venues in the New England area. In April, the duo will embark on a road trip spanning over 30 states with performances in more than 20 major U.S. cities. Their adventures will be documented on video and uploaded weekly on their website, www.goodasiandrivers.com .
The mission of the Good Asian Drivers Tour is to increase exposure for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer Asian-Americans throughout the country. The tour will have tremendous social impact on these under-represented groups, especially in areas where their voices are not often heard. The tour strives to inspire young artists and provoke dialogue on gay rights, transgendered issues, feminism, and the marginalization of minorities.
Kit Yan is a 23-year-old transgendered slam poet. Originally from Hawaii, Yan has been slamming in Boston since he was 18. His most notable performances include appearances at the National Poetry Slam in Albuquerque, N.M., Dyke March in Boston and First Thursdays in
Honolulu, Hawaii, the world's largest slam, where he won first place.
Melissa Li, a 24-year-old folk/rock singer-songwriter, has been performing in Boston since she was 15. In 2007, she won the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation award for her debut musical "Surviving the Nian." Li has performed at the Somerville Theater, Harper's Ferry, and on the mainstage at Boston Pride. Li, with a degree in Film Production from Boston University, has also directed and produced many videos.
The Good Asian Drivers Tour will be documented through a series of three to five minute videos. These videos will be uploaded weekly to YouTube in episode format.
Most recently Yan and Li opened for nationally-renowned lesbian hip-hop duo, God-des and She.
The kick off party will be held at Dyke Night at Toast in Somerville on February 22nd, 2008.