Writer & composer, ILLEGAL: A New Musical
Skyler Chin is a musician, martial artist, and writer born in San Francisco and raised in New York. A sixth-generation Chinese-American, he is a firm believer in the power of storytelling to instill empathy and build connections. After he, his loved ones, and many other Asian Americans around the country faced racist attacks during the Covid pandemic, Skyler began devoting particular focus and energy on dismantling the “model minority” and “perpetual foreigner” myths through art. In the summer of 2021, Skyler and his collaborator Olivia Facini were invited by several community organizations to present lectures and performances on arts activism and their musical, ILLEGAL, in an ongoing virtual tour. These partnerships include the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF), OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates, and the CUNY Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI). In 2019, in recognition of his work representing diverse stories and an authentic female kung fu narrative in Illegal, his first musical, Skyler received the Yale Tsai CITY Arts Innovation Award and the Harvard-National Arts Fellowship to study martial arts movie production in Southern China under Sin Kwok Lam, producer of Ip Man (2008).
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