I arrived back from New York City 5 months ago and after living 6 months of the Big Apple, I returned to the UK refreshed albeit, coming home to – no home, no job and no wife. At least a couple of those things annoyed me.
But one observation about NYC was that there were Asians everywhere. I’d never experienced that before. Seeing so many people who looked and spoke like me. There was a sense of Yellow Privilege.
At the home of stand-up comedy, the standard was very high. I could go to a show at 4 in the afternoon on the Upper East Side and see some very good acts: Muslims, Black, Asian, midgets, lesbians and Cau-occasionally…White people. If the insights were about race, they’d be very good and the attitude was more like “What else you got?”. I loved it.
In a city of Chicanese, Filatinos and Blackanese, I want my mixed race kids to experience this (I tend to have children every 15 years).
Meanwhile here in the UK, Asian acts (I know you say Oriental here but we’re much more than just rugs) are coming onto the scene; Yuriko Kotani, winner of the BBC Comedy Award 2016 and Phil Wang ex-Cambridge Footlights and recently seen on Live At The Apollo, are leading the way.
So it only made sense to gather the Yellow wave of comedy at least once a year. This was the 2nd time we’ve all gotten together and in true Asian tradition, I was reluctant to be the organiser again. It turned out to be a great night, as I am missing the drinking gene, I spent most of the time dealing with different lagers being bought for me with varying strengths and flavours.
I don’t remember what we talked about but possibly it was just the thrill of seeing such fine comedy minds gathered, which propelled the evening. Here are some of the faces to watch in 2017 so come and see us. Who knows? Maybe next year, our yellow Xmas will get up to double figures.