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Community Asylum Seekers Project to host Austin-based performance artist Leng Wong at fundraising event in Marlboro

Leng will perform her solo piece “99 Facts About an Immigrant” – based on her experiences immigrating from China – on stage at the Colonel Williams Inn barn on Saturday, October 19.

September 12, 2019, Marlboro, VT – The Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP) is proud to announce a benefit performance by Austin-based theater artist and story-teller Leng Wong. Attendees will be treated to generous hors d’oeuvres (you won’t need to eat dinner!), and there will be a cash bar serving beer and wine. Following the performance, there will be coffee, cookies, and a great discussion about how we in southern Vermont can help those who come to our country seeking asylum.

Z and E arrived in southern Vermont last May after a harrowing journey from Honduras as part of the caravan we heard so much about a year ago. They fled Honduras after being attacked for their refusal to cooperate with drug dealers in their neighborhood. After crossing the border at the end of December, they were incarcerated in a detention center for over four months until CASP secured their release. Now they’re supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and, with the generosity of a local college, have a safe place to live for the academic year. They’ve joined five other immigrant families in southern Vermont, and the proceeds from this event will benefit them all.

Leng Wong

Leng immigrated to the United States from China and has lived here most of her adult life. 99 Facts About an Immigrant was born from her experiences leading what she calls her double (or triple) life: “who you are at home, who you are at work, who you are shopping in a mainstream store, who you are shopping in your local ‘ethnic’ grocery store, etc.”

“This project is extremely personal for me,” Leng said. “Most people are not consciously biased and do not intend to act based on stereotypes. But unfortunately, mainstream and popular media do not help us to get to know those who are different from us. The media highlight the BIG, the political and humanitarian turmoil of immigration, versus the SMALL, the mundane and sometimes boring stories of the individual behind the political status of ‘immigrant.’ The goal of 99 Facts is to encourage discussion of the SMALL within communities. It challenges the audience to not be confined by generalization, the natural tendency of human beings, but to make a conscious step to be exposed to the SMALL.”

Tickets are $40 and include food, non-alcoholic drinks, and the performance. Additionally, there will be a raffle for a photographic triptych by local photographer Brent Seabrook and two nights at the Colonel Williams Inn.

So, put aside all the negative news and join us for a light-hearted evening of funny, sad, thought-provoking moments and community conversation.

“99 Facts About an Immigrant” Fundraiser for CASP

  • October 19, 2019 at The Colonel Williams Inn, 111 Staver Road, Marlboro
  • Doors open at 6:30pm, performance at 8:00pm
  • Advance purchase of tickets ($40) is strongly encouraged, available on the Colonel Williams Inn website (click here to purchase tickets online) or by calling 802-257-1093.
  • Space is limited, but there may be a few tickets available at the door. Please contact the Colonel Williams for more information (802-257-1093).

The mission of the Community Asylum Seekers Project (CASP) is to provide basic needs and a supportive community for those in the process of seeking asylum in the U.S. They do so by:

  • finding local host homes for individuals and families seeking asylum
  • supporting them with food, shelter, and other daily needs as they resettle in our community
  • assisting them in navigating the asylum claim process
  • helping them achieve eventual independence as they proceed through the asylum process

For more information, visit www.caspvt.org

Leng Wong is a storyteller who has been nominated multiple times for the Austin B. Iden Payne theater award for her work in “Stop Kiss” and for her portrayal of Yoshiko in the award-winning play “This Feather House.” Leng has also appeared in independent films, commercials, and a television show and writes and performs personal works. “Being an artist is about putting your soul out there, in spite of all the fears and doubts, because it’s those fears and doubts that make us human and compel us to create.” She is the founder of Lucky Chaos Productions (www.luckychaos.com) and the People of Color Comedy Festival.

The Colonel Williams Inn (ca. 1769) is a bedand-breakfast and event venue owned by Brian and Victoria Osborne. With 12 guest rooms and several beautiful gathering spaces, the Colonel Williams is a perfect location for any kind of event. The Osbornes are happy to be a part of the southern Vermont community and are honored to host this wonderful event and important discussion. www.thecolonelwilliamsinn.com, 802-257-1093

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