ROLE CALL! 7pm Next Sat, 9/10 at The PIT!

I’m producing and hosting this new show where some of New York’s best performers revisit the role that got away!  Find out what really goes on behind the audition room door in this parade of broken dreams and painful re-enactments….

Sat, 9/10 at 7pm
The PIT, Downstairs

Peter Augero (The Moth, BTK Band)
Mindy Raf (ECNY Awards, Leibya Rogers)
Amy Albert (ANTFest, Delilah Dix)
Leah Winkler (Everywhere Theatre Group)

Spike Lee Vodka and Orient Apple Vodka: It’s the Same Vodka!

OK, Absolut – what happened here?

Last summer, you did a “Spike Lee Collaboration” and created this delicious ginger/apple-flavored Absolut Brooklyn:

Spike Lee's vodka.

THIS summer we have a “new” Absolut vodka called Orient Apple:

Asian people vodka.


Brooklyn = Old Boy?

Apparently, Spike Lee + Oriental flavors = Product co-opted by the Swedes for mass consumption:

White lady slays the dragon.

WTF – JORDANA BREWSTER?!  The chick from Fast & Furious?  …because she was in a movie with Asians in it?

I can’t wait for a line of Tyler Perry-designed gongs at Ikea modeled by Eva Mendes (Fast & Furious 2).

C’mon, Absolut!

My Tiger Mom And Me Contest

Submit your story about your tiger mom for a chance to get published and win a cash prize!!!


Hyperink is now accepting submissions for their My Tiger Mom & Me contest. We’re looking for stories about real Tiger Moms.

We’ll include the 10 best entries in our upcoming anthology. All accepted authors will receive a byline and a free copy of the book.

(Don’t know what a Tiger Mom is? Click here for some background information.)


First Place: $500

Second Place: $300

Third Place: $200

The 3 winning authors will also receive consideration for a book deal with Hyperink, a cutting edge digital publisher.

DEADLINE: July 29, 2011

We’ll list the winners on our site and notify them via email on August 19, 2011.


  • This contest is open to all writers, published or unpublished.
  • Submissions should not exceed 5,000 words
  • You may submit multiple stories for consideration.
  • We accept submissions in doc, docx, pdf, and rtf formats.
  • Due to the sensitive nature of this subject material, you are welcome to use a pen name.

The Hyperink publishing team will read and judge every entry. All decisions on winning entries are final.

Email your submission to or submit through the form below. Include your full name, pen name (if applicable) and tell us a little bit about yourself.”

Inspiration #8: Support a So’Journ to Jamaica

One of my very dear friends and amazing voice teacher, Beatrice Anderson, is traveling to Jamaic to teach music to children and trace her own family roots:

Beatrice’s grandmother, Miz Becca

“On July 25th, 2011, I have the awesome pleasure of returning to Jamaica after 13 years to trace the steps of my lineage, to share with children music of our ancestors as a volunteer in two summer programs and to craft the framework for a Fulbright fellowship that would allow me a return in the spring of 2012–exploring connections between traditional folk song, indigenous language and spirituality in Jamaica.

This is a So’journ into the ‘classics’ as articulated by my ancestors. This is my So’journ with the spirits of those who lent their voice, dance and life’s purpose to charting a path of freedom. This is my So’journ along that path, into the depths of a lineage that may be lost unless we trace, unearth and document it. This is So’journ Jamaica.

I am humbly requesting monetary or in-kind donations toward the acquisition of: materials to make instruments with the children, audio and visual recording device to document interviews with members of the community, lodging, food, and transportation. Below is a list of specific items for purchase or donation. You can also contribute as little as $10 towards the overall costs of my 7 weeks in Jamaica. Learn more about my journey at and please pass on the word.

I believe in this work, in this journey and inspired simply by the possibility!”

Beatrice also recently completed a similar successful trip to help people in Haiti.  I am very inspired by and proud to support this project, and I hope you are too.

To donate to this amazing project, please click here:

Asian American Writers Workshop: MOM MIC!

Mouth to Mouth: MOM MIC
Friday, July 15, 2011, 8PM

In response to the recent media coverage about Amy Chua’s polarizing Tiger Mom, Mouth to Mouth: MOM MIC will feature the real stories and voices of Asian American moms. Blending comedy, spoken word, hip hop, and stand-up from Kate Rigg, who Bust Magazine calls “hell bent on exploding Asian stereotypes,” will have you out of your seat, and actress, writer, and mom Natalie Kim will entertain you with selections from her solo comedy show.

Come early to sign-up to share your own mom-inspired stories. Whether you are a mother, have a mother, know a mother — we want to hear from you! Free admission if you are a mom (or if you bring your mama)! Stay-tuned for details about the second installment of Mouth to Mouth: MOM MIC, taking place on August 12 (Thursday).

Kate Rigg is the iconoclasic amerasian culture vulture and lead singer for Slanty Eyed Mama.  Artist in residence at the Smithsonian Institute, Comedy Central Theater and the Mark Taper Forum has made a career with a mix
of stand up comedy, spoken word and potty mouth political rants
focused on pop culture represent-Asian.

Actress and writer Natalie Kim was born in Harlem, New York and raised in Centereach, New York. Her credits include HBO’s Bored to Death, independent film West 32nd Street, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent. Recently, Natalie completed a successful run of her solo show, YO GIRL! at 59e59 Street Theater and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She just wrapped SuperTwins!, a comedic web series about fraternal twin superheros, which also stars Trevor Zhou.

This program is funded by the Asian Women Giving Circle.

@The Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
Between 6th and 7th Avenues
Buzzer 600

open to the public
$5 suggested donation
free admission if you are a mom or bring your mom

click here for the facebook event!

That Thang: New Music Video!

I’m so stoked for my new East/West coast collabo with DanAKADan of afterschoolspecial, one of the hottest bands out of San Diego, CA!

Check us out in this sexy, 80’s-inspired jam:

That Thang
by Jen Kwok and DanAKADan
Directed by Ballard C. Boyd
Music Produced by soce, the elemental wizard

If you like it, please forward to friends!

You can also download the song for free here:

Wish Come True: My New Solo Show Premieres April 15th!

I’m really excited to present this whimsical new solo show! It’s about dreams coming true (or not). There will be tons of music – per usual!, and tons of stories about my life – not per usual!

Wish Come True
Fri, April 15 at 7pm
123 E 24th St (btwn Park/Lex)
Tickets $8
(running time: 40 min)

Wish Come True, 7pm on Fri, 4/15 at The PIT!

Since this is a workshop, feedback is INCREDIBLY welcome. Your support and thoughts will be greatly appreciated in helping to shape this work.

Also, the new PIT theater is amaaaaazing – it’s so baller that it’s got it’s own bar with an amazing draft beer selection and a gorgeous bright red Baldwin I will be tickling the ivories on.

Written and performed by Jen Kwok
Directed by Juliet Jeske
Writing collaboration with Leah Winkler
Design collaboration with Matthew deLeon
Tech by Beowulf Jones

Hope to see you on 4/15!