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Emerging entertainers perform at BU to promote Asian-American arts

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  November 18, 2011 01:55 PM

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Clara Chung performs Nov. 10 at Boston University.

The following is a press release from the Boston University Chinese Students Association:

L.A.-based singer/song-writer and popular YouTube artist Clara Chung took her Shakin’ Off Silence 2011 Tour to Boston University last week in a performance coordinators hoped would help inspire and empower Boston’s Asian-American community.

The students of Boston University’s Chinese Students and Korean Students Associations co-hosted Chung, as well as the rock band New Heights and the philanthropic group The Jubilee Project, as the organizations’ headlining show of the semester. All of the acts are popular entertainers emerging out of the current “API movement,” a trend of young Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders pushing against cultural stereotypes and pursuing careers in industries such as film and music.

Chung rapidly shot to fame in March 2010 after winning LA’s Kollaboration 10 competition, the largest entertainment competition in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. By the end of the year, she had already performed in venues across the country, including the White House Department of Education, and released her debut album, “The Art in My Heart.” She is currently wrapping up her second North America tour and preparing for a six-stop tour throughout Asia and Australia to finish up this year. She is also working on a second album.

This is not the first time that Chung has collaborated with BU’s Chinese Students Association (BUCSA). This past March, Chung and 10 other prominent Asian American entertainers from around the country took part in the association’s enormous Takeout: Goodwill Benefit Concert. After the success of that event, BUCSA, BU’s largest cultural organization, decided to continue to see how far they can inspire Asian Americans across Boston beyond the typical cultural shows and fundraisers.

“I think the reason why we do all of these events is that we look at California and see that they have events like these all the time,” said BUCSA member Jay Chen, one of the primary organizers of Chung’s performance. “They have such a strong Asian-American presence there, and while Boston is definitely growing in that respect, as college students we feel as though we have a lot of the time and resources to help bring [the Asian American community] together.”

Chung, New Heights, and The Jubilee Project united again in New York last week for the final performance of the Shakin’ Off Silence tour.

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