by Amy Ng
When first starting out as a writer, a mentor predicted that, since diversity was all the rage, I would ‘make it’ before my non-ethnic peers. And I felt guilty.
I grew up in Hong Kong and was educated at Oxford. I did not feel like an underprivileged, embattled minority. Unlike British-born BAME peers who never saw their communities represented on stage and screen, I could turn on the TV and watch Chinese stories with Chinese actors.
Theatre was different. Hong Kong stages were still full of Chekhov, Ibsen, and Brecht. However, since these were performed in translation by Chinese actors, I never experienced Ibsen, Chekhov et al as ‘other’. But when I pitched my Brechtian ideas for political plays to London theatres, I was urged to “write what I know”. Once I was told bluntly that I’d been brought in to write “diverse stories”….
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