There are good Asian drivers and bad Asian drivers…. just like good and bad non-Asian drivers.
Vancouver is known for its large Asian population, and Richmond even has more Asians, and lots of “Rice Rocket” drag racing.
But what happens when you mix social commentary with busting stereotypes of Asian drivers?
Melissa Li and Kit Yan's “The Good Asian Drivers Tour” is one of the featured performances for the 2008 explorASIAN festival, celebrating Asian Heritage Month in Metro Vancouver.
The following is from the explorASIAN website:
you’re gay, bisexual, transgendered, Asian, queer, an artist, a poet, a
performer, or if you’re just a supporting ally, then come out and enjoy
our show!” – Melissa & Kit
Melissa Li is a singer-songwriter
who has been performing in the Boston area in the United States for
over 8 years. She and her tour partner, nationally recognized
transgendered slam poet Kit Yan, are going on a cross-country road tour
this spring and summer, lovingly dubbed “The Good Asian Drivers Tour”.
this radical duo will traverse the United States and cut across four
different time zones, at least 30 states and over 20 major cities,
including two cities in Canada.
They deliver honest and personal
stories through their music and poetry about being queer
Asian-Americans, while proving to the nation that they are indeed good,
if not excellent, drivers. They’re so cute you might just want to adopt
The social impact will be tremendous, especially in areas
of the United States where the voices of these under-represented groups
are not often heard. In addition, the tour strives to inspire youth and
provoke dialogue on gay rights, transgendered issues, feminism, and the
marginalization of minorities.
Q&A after the show.