MOCATalks w/Yale: Ken Leung, Keone Young, Cindy Cheung, & Timothy Huang reading Asian American Penguin Classics

Tue, May 28, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm



Tickets are $15 and include wine and Museum admission. Members receive complimentary tickets. Not a Member? Join today!


In collaboration with Penguin Classics and the Yale Council on East Asian Studies and moderated by Nancy Yao Maasbach - In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, Penguin Classics is releasing four Asian American authors to the literary canon. Join us as Ken Leung, Keone Young, Cindy Cheung, and Timothy Huang all read from each of these classics.


Ken Leung will read from The Hanging On Union Square by H.T. Tsiang
Keone Young will read from No-No Boy by John Okada
Cindy Cheung will read from East Goes West by Younghill Kang
Timothy Huang will read from America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan


Ken Leung is best known for his roles on ABC’s Lost, HBO’s The Sopranos, and NBC’s The Night Shift, as well as the films Rush Hour, Keeping the Faith, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Most recently, he has appeared on NBC’s The Blacklist and HBO’s High Maintenance.


Keone Young hails from Honolulu, Hawaii. After attending The Pasadena Playhouse College of Theater Arts he joined Inner City Cultural Center under Jack Jackson. Later he joined East West Players of Los Angeles after an invitation by Mako, the artistic director and Keone’s mentor and teacher. He worked on productions written by Philip Kan Gotanda, Wakako Yamauchi, Frank Chin, Momoko Iko, Lawson Fusao Inada, Ed Sakamoto, Jon Shirota, to name a few. He has over 300 credits in episodic tv and 50 feature films. Recently he starred as Mr. Wu in HBO’s Deadwood and was the voice of Commander Sato in Star War Rebels.


Cindy Cheung has been seen Off-Broadway in Log Cabin, Iow@ (both Playwrights Horizons), The Great Immensity (The Civilians @ Public Theater), and Middletown (Vineyard). Film and TV credits include The Sunlit Night, A Kid Like Jake, The Light of the Moon, Mistress America, Obvious Child, Children of Invention, Lady In The Water, “New Amsterdam,” “Blue Bloods,” “Thirteen Reasons Why,” “High Maintenance,” “House of Cards,” “Homeland,” “The Good Fight,” “Bull,” and “Kevin Can Wait.” She holds an  MFA from A.C.T. and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, novelist Ed Lin, and their son.


Timothy Huang is a New York based composer/lyricist/librettist and teaching artist whose works have been produced at Prospect Theater Company, New York Theatre Barn, and the National Asian Artists Project (Andy Pickets, 2 to Wakefield, Crossing Over, respectively) His full-length musical American Morning (formerly Costs of Living) was an official selection for the Village Theater’s 2016 Festival of New Musicals, the 2015 NAMT Festival of New Musicals, the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop, the BMI Master Class hosted by Stephen Sondheim. It was also the winner of the 2015 New American Musical Award, and 2016 Richard Rodgers Award, making its author the first and only Asian American to win the latter as a triple-threat composer/lyricist/librettist.