NEW YORK – January 27, 2014 – The Asian American Bar Association of New York (“AABANY”) is proud to announce that it will receive a 2013 Bar Leaders Innovation Award for its Asian Pacific American Heritage Month production, “Iva: The Myth of Tokyo Rose.” The award bestowed by the New York State Conference of Bar Leaders Executive Council of the New York State Bar Association recognizes bar associations that introduce new programs, ideas and methodologies that benefit its members and the community at large. AABANY’s “Tokyo Rose” program was evaluated based on its ingenuity and creativity, effect on the bar and general public, and its overall quality.
“Iva: The Myth of Tokyo Rose,” which was co-produced by AABANY and the Asian American Arts Alliance (the “Alliance”), tells the story of Iva Toguri, a Japanese American citizen, who was accused of treason during World War II. Original court transcripts were edited and compiled under the leadership of the Honorable Denny Chin and Kathy Hirata Chin. This material was then adapted by playwright Soriya Chum and culminated in a production addressing issues concerning race, civil rights, prosecutorial abuse and social injustice. “Tokyo Rose” was directed by Soriya Chum and Elena Chang and performed on stage at the Asia Society in New York City on May 16-17, 2013. Following the performances, talkbacks were held with esteemed speakers and guests, including the Honorable Denny Chin (U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit), Kathy Hirata Chin (Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP), Gurjot Kaur (Sikh Coalition), Andrea Louie (the Alliance), Yang Chen (AABANY), Rehana Mirza (Ma-Yi Theater’s Writer’s Lab) and Eileen Rivera (Leviathan Lab).
The New York State Conference of Bar Leaders will honor AABANY along with its sister bar associations for their innovative programs at the Annual Breakfast for Bar Leaders to be held at the Hilton New York Midtown on Friday, January 31, 2014. “On behalf of AABANY, we thank the New York State Conference of Bar Leaders for this prestigious award and recognizing our continuing efforts to produce programs that address significant legal issues and social matters of importance to our members and the Asian Pacific American community as a whole,” said Mike Huang, AABANY’s President.
The Asian American Bar Association of New York was formed in 1989 as a not-for-profit corporation to represent the interests of New York Asian American attorneys, judges, law professors, legal professionals, paralegals and law students. The mission of AABANY is to improve the study and practice of law, and the fair administration of justice for all by ensuring the meaningful participation of Asian Americans in the legal profession.
A performance review of “Iva: The Myth of Tokyo Rose,” is available at http://blog.asianinny.com/films/iva-the-myth-of-tokyo-rose/
On May 16 and 17, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, “Iva: The Myth of Tokyo Rose,” co-produced by the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) and the Asian American Arts Alliance, was performed at the Asia Society.
The world premiere on May 16 played to a full house, followed by a stimulating talkback led by the Hon. Denny Chin that included Kathy Hirata Chin, partner at Cadwalader, and Gurjot Kaur, Staff Attorney at the Sikh Coalition. Many audience members stayed for the reception that took place afterwards at the Leo Bar upstairs from the auditorium at Asia Society.
Friday’s matinee performance also played to a full house, including many students from New York City’s schools. The talkback afterwards was led by Andrea Louie, Executive Director of the Alliance, and included Soriya Chum, the playwright and co-director of the production, Elena Chang, co-director and general manager, Yang Chen, Executive Director of AABANY, Rehana Mirza, from Ma-Yi Theater’s Writer’s Lab, and Eileen Rivera, from Leviathan Lab.
Both performances played to enthusiastic and engaged audiences from New York’s diverse communities.
Thanks to the Asia Society, all our sponsors and all the supporters that made this production possible.
We are delighted that numerous Community Partners are helping us get the word out about “Iva: The Myth of Tokyo Rose – Allegiance on Trial,” opening on Thursday, May 16, at the Asia Society.
Please join us in recognizing and thanking our Community Sponsors:
A/P/A Institute, NYU
Asian American Federation
Asian American Journalists Association – NY
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC)
Chinese Progressive Association (CPA)
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF)
Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA)
Debevoise & Plimpton
JAA (Japanese American Association of New York)
KALAGNY (Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater NY)
Kee & Lau-Kee
Kenyon & Kenyon
Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC)
Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (KCS)
MuBANY (The Muslim Bar Association of New York)
New York Foundation for the Arts
New York State Bar Association
Project by Project
SABANY (South Asian Bar Association of New York)
Sullivan & Cromwell
Varghese & Associates, P.C.
White & Case
We also thank our grantors:
The New York Council for the Humanities
Minority Corporate Counsel Association
We thank Asia Society for use of their beautiful auditorium and facilities, and for all their kind assistance.
We thank all our donors for their generous contributions to the production.
Thanks to you all for helping to make this special APA Heritage Month event possible.
We look forward to seeing everyone at Asian Society on opening night!