Nice Girls Crew at Stanford. Taken May 20, 2013.
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My Facebook profile picture for the past two and a half months has been the photo I took with Lynn Chen. Someone on Facebook asked me if I was friends with Lynn, and the answer is yes—in my dreams.
I subscribe to Lynn, Michelle Krusiec, and Sheetal Sheth on Facebook, and at some point, one of them shared that the three of them were going to speak at a class called, "Free Your Mind: Improvising Asian American Comedy," offered by the Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts. The three actors star in a great, dorky web series called Nice Girls Crew, which is directed by Tanuj Chopra, who was also a part of the panel. I arrived early to the class and nabbed front row, center seats (I work across the street from Stanford and know the lay of the land).
I’ve loved this group of ladies ever since they’ve graced the screen as wonderful, complex women of color with central, queer story lines. (In Sheetal’s case, she’s done it several times.) After hearing them on the panel and getting to speak with each of them individually after it, I’m further enamored by their creative work, intellect, and warmth.
I told Lynn how I submitted the blog post I wrote about Thick Dumpling Skin as the writing sample for the job I currently have (because her site had reblogged it, giving me the bit of confidence I needed to believe I had written something that was worth sharing). With Michelle, I shared how much my friends and I enjoyed seeing Chinglish at the Berkeley Rep and how Saving Face is screened almost every quarter at Stanford. On my way out, I bought a bookmark from the Nice Girls Crew table and asked Sheetal for her thoughts on crowdfunding versus traditional funding for creative projects. (Earlier, I had already told her I Can’t Think Straight is one of my favorite movies.)
Getting to meet the three of them at once was a dream—maybe our paths will cross again in the future. Until then, I can’t wait for Season 2 of Nice Girls Crew to come out!