Ping Chong

USA Prudential Fellow, 2006

Ping Chong is a theater artist and pioneer of Asian American theater who has created more than 50 performances since 1972, all geared toward communication with multicultural audiences. He has received numerous awards, including an Obie for sustained achievement. His Undesirable Elements series of poetic and theatrical documentary pieces was created in collaboration with local community members in many cities across the United States and abroad. These performances explore issues of immigration, identity, and otherness in the lives of individuals living between cultures. Other notable works by Chong include Cathay: Three Tales of China, Blind Ness: The Irresistible Light of Encounter, and Children of War. He has also exhibited artwork in a solo show called Testimonial II at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, and his work was included in the Venice Biennale in 1995. Chong holds honorary doctorates from Kent State University and Cornish College.

Portrait photo courtesy Stephen Garrett
Truth and Beauty, 1999, left to right: Jeff Randall and Michael Rohd; photo courtesy Carol Burch Brown