Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America

Displaying Four volumes (of eight) of bilingual publication by Joanna Chan, Yangtze’s cofounder, Artistic Director (1992-2014) & Emeritus Director

The second, third and fourth volumes (of eight) of Joanna Chan’s collected bilingual works for the theater have been published by M I Design in Hong Kong.

Available since last year, the first volume includes five bilingual (English and Chinese) works that were performed in multiple languages in New York City and in Hong Kong. Among them is The Empress of China, a work commissioned by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre in 2011, that tells the venture of the merchant ship bearing that name, which set sail from New York’s Hudson River in 1784 and reached Canton, China, seven months later, ushering in the first encounter of the American and Chinese peoples. The play premiered in Hong Kong in 2011, followed by a New York production by Yangtze six months later.

The second volume includes three of Chan’s best known early works: Empress Dowager which she directed for all three companies of which she was once Artistic Director: Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Four Seas Players and Yangtze; Before the Dawn-Wind Rises, commissioned by HK Repertory Theatre, on forgiveness and reconciliation; and Crown Ourselves With Roses, commissioned by Sing Tao Newspaper on 50 years of breathtaking development in Hong Kong.

The third volume includes what Chan considers her most important work, The Soongs: By Dreams Betrayed which she directed for Yangtze in 2003 and HK Rep in 2014. Also included are The Years of the Hungry Tiger, the production of which was cancelled in Hong Kong in 1989; and Forbidden City West, a musical on 100 years of Chinese-American history.

The fourth volume includes what Chan considers one of her major works, OneFamilyOneChildOneDoor, a black comedy on the human cost of China’s one-child policy, plus two other Chinese classics: Luo Shen, the Legend of the River Luo, on the family tragedy of the mighty Cao Cao in the third century, and Fated: Tears and Laughter adapted from a 1930s popular novel. All three, as Chan’s other works, explore human dignity and rights.

Chan is the single living Chinese chosen by the Museum of the City of New York for the permanent exhibition, New York at its Core, on New York City’s 400-year history, which opened on November 18, 2016. Her life story as an artist and a pioneer community and spiritual leader is in an interactive, digital display along those of 74 other notable New Yorkers including one of the US’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, David Rockefeller, J P Morgan, Fiorello LaGuardia and Dorothy Day.

The limited edition of all four volumes is available at MI Design at HK$230.00 each or US$30.00 plus US$12.00 postage, insurance and handling charges. There will be a 10% discount for purchase of 3 or more volumes. For performing rights in any medium, please also contact M I Design directly at Suite 2014, 21st floor, #2 Chinachem Exchange Square, 338 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong. Tel.: 2512-0702; fax: 2807-1505.
Email: 2cs@midesign.com.hk.


A wonderful article in New York Times about the Maryknoll Sisters

In October, a woman you haven’t heard of who died in 1955 will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., along with Betty Ford, Nancy Pelosi, Kate Millett and Julie Krone, the great jockey. She is Mary Josephine Rogers, also known as Mollie, also known as Mother Mary Joseph, founder of the Congregation of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic.

Click here for details


MCS 2013 graduates made two videos for you.

Click here - "Forever Be True"
Click here - "三年之約"

Our Maryknoll Sisters' Film: Trailblazers in Habits

Click here for the preview of the film.

The documentary film was directed by Nancy Tong about our Maryknoll Sisters’ work in Hong Kong and China.  Congratulations to Nancy that the film has been selected (among 130 entries) for screening at the Sarasota Film Festival in Florida. There are more news releases here and among them, Nancy’s interview with the Chinese Catholic media, Fountain of Love:
Film Festival Compeltition
The Preview of the Film
Radio Interview with Nancy Tong
Review the film and a brief history of the film.

The update on the bathroom project from Sr. Jeanne - Aug 22

Click here to view the Sister Jeanne's letter - Aug 22, 2013.pdf

In addition, here is a quick note and picture from Tania in New York:

"One of the doors to the bathroom was not taped anymore and I had a quick peep and took this picture for you all.  There may have been some remediation work for removal of asbestos or lead (not confirmed) as the walls in this room and the one behind it has been removed.  The empty spaces are spotless without a speck of dust.  Perhaps it might be the result of remediation that requires all dust particles to be vacuumed during removal.  A Sister whom I do not know saw me coming out of the bathroom was happy to tell me that "Some people donated money for us to make the bathroom better!" I just smiled at her and didn't mention whom. 

Sr. Miriam Xavier as she celebrates her 100 year milestone in her life on September 22, 2013.

Let's rejoice and pray for Sr. Miriam Xavier as she celebrates her 100 year milestone in her life on September 22, 2013.

Here below is a message from the alumnae in New York:

Dear MCS/MSS friends,

Exciting news from the Maryknoll Sisters Center - Sr. Miriam Xavier Mug will turn 100 on September 22, 2013 and The MCS/MSS Alumnae Association of New York will be celebrating with her at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. We will join her for lunch in their main dining room and then follow up with a birthday cake for our beloved teacher. If you are in New York on that date and would like to join us, please let us know (by September 8 at the latest) so we can include you in our festivities.

If you would like to send Sr. Miriam Xavier a birthday card, please address it to: Sr. Miriam Xavier Mug, Maryknoll Sisters Center, P.O. Box 311, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311.

As you know, the Sisters lead a simple life and do not need much, but if you want to send a gift to commemorate Sr. Miriam Xavier's milestone birthday, and are sending a check, please make it payable to: Maryknoll Sisters. Be sure to write on the memo line your school (MCS or MSS), graduation year, and "In Honor of Sr. MX" and mail it to:

Sister Teresa Leung
Alumnae Liaison
MCS/MSS Alumnae Office
Maryknoll Sisters Center
P.O. Box 311
Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311

If you prefer to give by credit card, go to www.maryknollsisters.org; click on Giving; then Donate Online. Under Comment/Intentions, please write your school (MCS or MSS), graduation year, and "In Honor of Sr. MX".


MCS/MSS Alumnae Association of New York
Hedy Matteson, President
Annette Chan-Norris, Maryknoll Sisters Liaison