Tony Winner Hwang to Salute Wong May 24 at NYC Museum

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19 May 2010

Jadin Wong in 1951
Jadin Wong in 1951

Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang will be celebrate the life of the late Jadin Wong May 24 at 5 PM at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in Manhattan.

Hwang will pay tribute to Ms. Wong, a celebrated Asian-American dancer, comedienne and talent agent who died March 30 at age 96.

Hwang said, "The character of Madame Liang in my 2002 rewrite of Flower Drum Song was my tribute to Jadin: a brassy, brilliant ex-actress-turned-agent for 'Oriental' talent. Jadin was the quintessential Broadway dame."

Jodi Long, who played Liang in that Broadway revival, also will speak. She will also present her documentary, "Long Story Short," a salute to her father, Larry Long, who, like the late Wong, was a showbiz pioneer during the era of Asian-American nightclubs in the 1940s and 1950s.

Born in 1913, Ms. Wong first gained fame when she was featured in Life magazine as a headliner at the famed Forbidden City nightclub in San Francisco. She later became a comedienne who toured around the world and a talent agent who represented hundreds of Asian-American performers over three decades.



Other speakers at the May 24 event will include Alice Mong, the director of MOCA; actress Nina Zoie Lam; and Wong's brother, Wally.

Celebrating the Life of Jadin Wong will be presented at the Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street in New York City. To RSVP, contact Jenny Wong by e-mailing jwong@mocanyc.org or by calling (212) 619-4785, ext. 4149.