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Oct 8, 2013 Don’t Buy Miss Saigon: The Unity Event

Join CAAR members this Tuesday, Oct 8 at 6:30pm at the “Don’t Buy Miss Saigon: The Unity Event.”  Some of CAAR’s lead organizers have been very active in the Coalition’s strategies and we encourage all our members to take action. Press Release Attached

On the Ordway’s opening night of Miss Saigon, community members have created a peaceful event for the public to gather in unity for social justice.

The Don’t Buy Miss Saigon Coalition has been organizing against the stereotypes and misconceptions perpetuated by the production of Miss Saigon and the fact that it has come back to the Ordway for the third time. The Coalition has created the October 8 event as an opportunity for local Asian Americans and our allies to come together in solidarity and to share our own truth about what it means to be Asian American.

The fact that Miss Saigon is playing at the Ordway which is located in the city of Saint Paul is troubling given our large Asian American population and the impact a play like this can have here. Saint Paul has seen a 20 percent increase of the Asian American population from 2000-2010 and has thirty-one percent of Saint Paul Public School students now Asian American (Wilder Foundation July 2013). Asians are also the fastest growing racial group in the state (MinnPost June 2013) and has one of the largest trans-racial, trans-national adoptee populations.


To learn more about the play and what’s wrong with it, please visit the Don’t Buy Miss Saigon Coalition’s website:

Sign the national petition to stop the production of Miss Saigon:

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David Mura’s Essay “The Problem(s) With Miss Saigon…”


Photo by Asian American movement photographer Corky Lee from the first Miss Saigon protests in New York in 1991.


The accomplished writer and activist, David Mura, recently wrote an essay “The Problem(s) With Miss Saigon (or, how many stereotypes can you cram into one Broadway musical). Here is an excerpt:

I am writing this essay in response to the Ordway Theater’s decision to bring back Miss Saigon a third time to the Twin Cities.  The Ordway Theater has taken this action despite numerous protests and criticism of the musical by the local Asian American community.  The twenty-year history of the Ordway’s indifference and disrespect towards our community and its leading artistic and activist voices is perhaps without parallel in recent Minnesota cultural history.

The offensive and problematic nature of Miss Saigon stems from its plot and its characterization of both the American and Vietnamese characters.  The Ordway and many white American audience members seem to have trouble seeing this.  But for many Asian Americans, the egregious stereotypes in this musical are patently obvious.

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