What is CACN?
Chinese American Culture Night is an annual stage production hosted by ACA. More than 100 students are involved in creating this show for the enjoyment of over 1000 members of the UCLA community. It is held in Royce Hall every spring and features performances by Lion Dance, Traditional Dance, Hip Hop, and guest singers, as well as a drama highlighting the issues facing the Chinese American community.
This year’s story focuses on the discriminations that occurred on Angel Island. Angle Island functioned as an immigration detention center in the Bay area from 1910 to 1940. It is often called the “Ellis Island of the West,” and is know for its discrimination and inhumane treatments against the Chinese immigrants. They were detained and interrogated on the island for extended periods of time, some even for years. The interrogations included numerous obscure questions in the hopes of deporting as many Chinese immigrants back to China as possible. Men and women were separated; families were broken apart and they were forced to stay indoors most of the time with horrible living conditions. It is through this important piece of Chinese American history that CACN hopes to help build a stronger and more conscientious Chinese American community.
Now in our 24thyear, CACN continues to educate the greater community on issues that directly affect us all, and to promote Chinese American cultural awareness on and beyond the UCLA campus.
How do I get Involved Onstage?
Be an actor in the drama. Email email@example.com for audition information.
Sing onstage with a lyrical performance.
Join one of our three performing aspects and dance in Hip Hop or Lion Dance.
Be a stage ninja and help direct actors and position sets the day of the show.
Emma Liu, CACN Producer
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