The Passage: A Research Podcast Project on Identity, Dreams, Age & Race

Virtual Event with HKETONY Arts activator Fellow Hollis Ngai


As the 2022 HKETONY Arts Activator at the Festival, Hollis Ngai interweaves interviews, stories, and memories into a podcast that presents a fresh perspective on cultural identities, the American dream, hopes, and race in New Haven.

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Hollis Ngai

2022 HKETONY Arts Activator

Hollis Ngai is a bilingual actor, director and Drama educator. Professionally trained at National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (B.F.A in Acting), Hollis also holds a B.A in English from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. As an interdisciplinary artist, he has performed, taught, and collaborated with international organizations. In 2013, Hollis was selected by KSF Foundation to perform a devised performance in New York-based on the “Richards Rampage Program.” In 2016, he was invited by Back to Back Theatre (Geelong, Australia) as a visiting artist for an international residency after a fruitful collaboration on the project <Small Metal Objects> organized by West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong. As an English Drama teacher for more than ten years, Hollis writes and designs educational curriculums for primary, secondary schools, and community centres. He has also studied at the Impulse Company (London), William Esper Studio (New York) and L’Ecole Phillippe Gaulier (Paris) before establishing his own theatre company to experiment with devising theatre in relation to physical movement, multimedia, clowning, and acting. He is certified as a Meisner Technique Teacher from the Meisner Institute (Los Angeles) and recipient of the 2021 West Kowloon Cultural District Arts Impact Fellowship.


Annie Tan

Special education teacher, activist, and storyteller

Annie Tan is a special education teacher, activist, and storyteller currently working on her first book, a memoir, on her family legacy. Annie's work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, New Republic, RISK! and twice on NPR's The Moth Radio Hour. Follow Annie on Twitter and Instagram @annietangent. 

JiJi Wong


JiJi Wong (they/them) is a Malaysian Chinese educator who holds workshops on anti-imperialist, disability justice advocacy independently and through organizations such as the XinSheng Project. They were born and raised in New Haven where they continue to work as a restorative practice mentor. You can follow JiJi on Instagram @jiji.w.wong. 

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