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awards include: 1999 Brody Fellowship from the California Community Foundation, California Arts Council artist in Residence 1997-1999, New england Foundation for the Arts, National Presenters Network (NPN) Creation Fund, and a University of California Regents Graduate Opportunity Fellowship from the University of California at Irvine. Chan's performance techniques are influenced by: Juanfelipe Herrera, Roberta Uno, Nobuko Miyamoto, Ping Chong and Guillermo Gomez-Pena and others. Chan's latest performance installations include: "Life as a Dashboard Hula Dancer" which premiered in San Francisco as part of "apocalypse Manana: an ethno-Techno Living Museum of Intercultural Fetishes" for Guillermo Gomez-Pena's La Pocha Nostra and was presented at the University of California at Irvine art Gallery in 2002, and "the enemy of My enemy" which premiered as part of "the Gathering: an alternate response" at Highways Performance Space, and later as a site specific action at the NNG Conference in Oakland in October 2001..
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E Nana I Ke Kumu:Look To the Source
Utilizing the haku (weaving) of dance, poetry, story and music, this solo work portrays the story of contemporary souls searching to reclaim their heritage, their honor and the lost memories of a shattered homeland. exploding the images of the islands as a "simple care-free coconut and palm tree playground," these voices cry out their concern for Hawai'i's future. exploring cultural exploitation, racial prejudice, economic crises and fights over native lands, these characters search for the true Hawai'i. e Nana is a journey that travels from Hawai'i to the mainland and back asking the audience and the characters themselves to "look to the source."
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