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But as anti-Asian rhetoric and attacks followed President Trump labeling the disease a “Chinese virus,” WTF executive director Johannah Maynard Edwards grew worried about Asian American artists.

Starting this weekend, the Women’s Theatre Festival is producing a mini-festival of Asian American theater and film on its Twitch channel, with performances and panels focusing on contemporary challenges facing the community.

It precedes a panel featuring activists from the Asian American Performers Action Coalition called “Not a Lotus Blossom: Busting Asian American Stereotypes on Stage.”Saturday afternoon, playwright Amy Pan explores American culture’s conflicting expectations of Asian American girls as two teens careen between invisibility and alienation in Highlighter Girl.

“Asian Americans are more visible now than ever before, which is wonderful,” says festival conference manager Chelsea Russell, an Asian American actor from Kentucky.

“They ask for an Asian American, but they don’t know what an Asian American is.

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