The Good Girl of Chinatown

  • Date: Wednesday, October 4th
  • Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Cost: 100 RMB, 50 RMB for members, includes a drink

Raised to be a ‘good girl’ in the claustrophobia of suburban Sydney, Jenevieve Chang has been running away for as long as she can remember. First from a childhood of demands and discipline, then a devastating heartbreak, Jenevieve escapes to London and discovers its’ flourishing burlesque scene. Running then from her husband’s family, she lands in Shanghai where the ghosts of ancestors past loom large, forcing her to question how her family’s history of persecution and flight influences her search for identity and home.

Join us for a special cabaret-style author talk – as Jenevieve performs excerpts from her memoir, The Good Girl of Chinatown.

“Chang’s book is dance-like: charismatic and light on its feet, underpinned by careful, hard work.” —Sydney Morning Herald

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About Jenevieve Chang

Jenevieve Chang is a writer, performing artist and movement director with a career spanning Australia, the UK and China. She trained at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.In Australia, she has worked with Sidetrack Performance Group, Urban Theatre Projects, Legs on the Wall as well as Yellow Earth Theatre, the Young Vic and the National Theatre in the UK.

Between 2008-2011, Jenevieve lived and worked in Shanghai where she became part of China’s first Vaudeville, Variety and Burlesque club.

Returning to Australia, Jenevieve has worked at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and performed in Stories Then and Now, presented by Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP). Most recently, Jenevieve starred in Monkey Baa Theatre’s The Peasant Prince, the award-winning stage adaptation of Mao’s Last Dancer.

Jenevieve returned to China to take part in Australian Writer’s Week 2014 for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Bookworm Literary Festival. Her acclaimed memoir The Good Girl of Chinatown was published by Penguin Books in 2017.