10th Annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Aunt Lily’s Flower Book

60 mins | Live Performance

In this mixed-media theater performance, Emmy-winning musician Mark Izu accompanies his wife and "America's foremost Asian storyteller" Brenda Wong Aoki to share touching and personal family histories with universal and contemporary appeal. The two acclaimed artists weave memories recorded in a recently discovered family diary with further flourish, story and song tracking over 100 years of history in the American West.

From the Transcontinental Railroad, to WWII's Japanese American internment camps and the 442nd Infantry Regiment, to San Francisco hippies and through today. Joined by koto master Shoko Hikage, the performance offer a poignant glimpse of our shared history and demands it not be repeated. 

This performance will be a 20-minute excerpt out of the larger play, followed by an interactive discussion activity.