Hapa Happy Hour
A lively discussion and celebration of the mixed heritage experience.











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Re:Membering (our memories our stories), part 2 (episode 30)

The happy Hapas are back! 

Hello, dear listeners! We hope to bring you more content and new episodes this year! We have lots to talk about including Lisa's upcoming keynote performance in Cape Town, South Africa!

Here's the continuation of our last episode, where we discuss being in college on the Mainland, Hiwa's performance in Steel Magnolias, and the our heartfelt connections between Alaska and Hawaii. Enjoy! (Recorded in August 2013.)

Feel free to drop us a line at hapahappyhour@gmail.com. Thank you for being a part of the Ohana! 

-Rena, Lisa, and Hiwa

Direct download: Episode_30.mp3
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Rena's grad school is teaching Lisa's essay! Lisa's show is going abroad (?) and to southwestern US!

Dear readers/listeners,

I hope you're having a great 2015! Just wanted to share the exciting news that my essay, "Transforming Three Sisters: A Hapa Family in Chekhov's Modern Classic" is going to be taught in a graduate seminar on Rena's campus, UC Santa Barbara!

Also, my solo show, Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey, has been invited to two major international conferences: the SIETAR-Europa congress in Valencia, Spain (in May), and the Women Playwrights International conference in Cape Town, South Africa (in June-July)!  I've launched my very last campaign for this show on IndieGoGo, to try to fund travel/lodging/etc. expenses, in the hopes that the conferences will lead to a self-sustaining world tour: 


The show is also going to San Diego State University on April 16 and University of Arizona on April 22!

Thank you for following our podcast/blog--we do intend to publish another episode soon!



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Alien Citizen at Critical Mixed Race Studies conference

Dear readers & listeners,

Lisa will be performing an excerpt of her solo show, Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey, this Saturday, November 15 at 5pm at the Critical Mixed Race Studies conference at DePaul University in Chicago.

Lisa will also be in the Mixed Roots Stories Roundtable "Creating and Performing a Performance Piece" on Thursday at 2:15pm at CMRS. For more info: 


Thanks as always for tuning in to our podcast!

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Re:Membering (our memories our stories) (episode 29)

The ladies talk about Lisa's succesful one woman show: ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey! Recorded last year (July 2013). 

Please contact us at: hapahappyhour@gmail.com, we'd love to hear from you ;-)

Thank you for your support!

(Photo by Jen May Photography)

Direct download: Episode_29.mp3
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solo show and essay

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope 2014 will be your best year yet.

Quick update on my creative projects of late: I've been invited to perform my solo show, ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey, at Princeton University and M.I.T. next month. It has also been chosen as the closing keynote address at the Families in Global Transition (FIGT) conference in Virginia in March. These are all wonderful honors and I am thrilled to be taking the show on the road!  It had its world premiere in Hollywood in May 2013--I'm happy to say that the 5-week run was a success. It then opened the 8th Annual Women at Work Festival Off Off Broadway in September. So I'm very happy and grateful that it continues to have a life.

I also wanted to belatedly announce the publication of my essay, "Transforming Three Sisters: A Hapa Family in Chekhov's Modern Classic," in the peer-reviewed scholarly journal Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies.  You can download it here: 


Thank you as always for your continued support of Hapa Happy Hour and its co-hosts!



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Writing Love on a Bottle of Water (episode 28)

Season's Greetings!! In this episode, the ladies of Hapa Happy Hour recount various events of 2013 and weigh in on some items of note, including the responses to this year's multiethnic Cheerios commercial! Feel free to email us your thoughts at hapahappyhour@gmail.com.

As always, wishing you the happiest of holidays! See you in 2014! 


Lisa, Hiwa, & Rena

Direct download: Episode_28.mp3
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Correction re: Jonathan Pryce & clarification re: Ang Lee

Dear listeners and readers,

I've been meaning to post this correction for months! My apologies for the delay--it's been a very busy time. Back in August on episode 27, "Re:Connecting," I mistakenly stated that Jonathan Pryce had played a Eurasian role in the play M. BUTTERFLY.  I meant to say that he had played it in the musical MISS SAIGON.  I am a huge fan of David Henry Hwang's beautiful play M. BUTTERFLY (saw it twice on Broadway starring BD Wong) and am deeply embarrassed by my error!  I spoke before thinking.

I also want to clarify something I said about film director Ang Lee.  At one point it sounded like I was saying that he had only worked in Taiwan before directing SENSE AND SENSIBILITY in the UK.  In fact, I knew he had worked in New York when he made THE WEDDING BANQUET (one of my favorite films!) and PUSHING HANDS. But I said "he had just been working in Taiwan."  What I meant was that he had most recently worked there (vs. only worked there).

Thank you for your patience with my impulsive speeches, and for listening to our podcast and reading the blog, and for your continued support over the years!



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Re:Connecting (episode 27)

Published, graduated and Mom'd.  The three ladies of Hapa Happy Hour return to discuss the micros in their lives in the hopes of connecting with yours.  As always questions and comments are welcome: hapahappyhour@gmail.com

Direct download: Episode_27.mp3
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Which box do you check?  (episode 26)

The ladies of Hapa Happy Hour discuss an article that talks about what box you would check to get in to college, since race matters in admissions in America today.  Please listen and join in by sending us your comments to hapahappyhour@gmail.com.  We value our listeners and would love to hear from you.  Kung hee fat choy!

Direct download: ep_26.m4a
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cohost published in Writing Out of Limbo

Dear listeners and readers,

I'm excited to announce that an essay I wrote, "Checked Baggage: Writing Unpacked," has been published in a terrific anthology!  The essay is about the process of writing my one-woman-show-in-progress, which in turn is about growing up in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and Connecticut as a child and adolescent.  The book should be available at the largest branch of your public library as well as in academic libraries all over the USA, the UK, and Canada.

This is what the book's introduction says about my essay: 

"Elizabeth Liang, who grew up in six countries, draws commonalities between that multiple-identity existence and her chosen profession as an actress, and tells us of her one-woman play-in-progress that aims to give dramatic shape to her childhood peregrinations and confusions. Her childhood moves between Panama and Guatemala, her first exposure to Moroccan Arabic, the shock of winter cold in Connecticut, the woes of a street cyclist in Cairo or Philadelphia—these and other roaming experiences form the fabric of a vivid stage monologue."

– Gene H. Bell-Villada and Nina Sichel, Editors

If you know any global nomads, TCKs, or anyone studying or teaching anything "global" or "intercultural," the book might interest them.  A TCK is anyone who spent a significant part of their developmental years outside their passport country/ies or in a culture(s) other than that of their parents.  (Children of immigrants can be TCKs, and the multi-ethnic experience has a lot in common with the TCK experience.)  Below is the info on the book, and thank you so much for your support for "Hapa Happy Hour" over the years!  




Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids

Crossing borders and boundaries, countries and cultures, they are the children of the military, diplomatic corps, international business, education and missions communities. They are called Third Culture Kids or Global Nomads, and the many benefits of their lifestyle – expanded worldview, multiplicity of languages, tolerance for difference – are often mitigated by recurring losses – of relationships, of stability, of permanent roots. They are part of an accelerating demographic that is only recently coming into visibility.
In this groundbreaking collection, writers from around the world address issues of language acquisition and identity formation, childhood mobility and adaptation, memory and grief, and the artist’s struggle to articulate the experience of growing up global. And, woven like a thread through the entire collection, runs the individual’s search for belonging and a place called “home.”
This book provides a major leap in understanding what it’s like to grow up among worlds. It is invaluable reading for the new global age.
Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids
Editor: Gene H. Bell-Villada and Nina Sichel with Faith Eidse and Elaine Neil Orr
Date Of Publication: Dec 2011
Isbn13: 978-1-4438-3360-8
Isbn: 1-4438-3360-6

For more information and/or to buy, go to http://www.cambridgescholars.com/writing-out-of-limbo-19

For the author discount code, email Lisa at hapahappyhour@gmail.com.


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