Ching Chong Chinaman

by  Lauren Yee

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

WINNER - 2007 Yale Playwrights Festival

"A lively, likable show! Playwright Lauren Yee gleefully highlights the assimilated life of the Wongs, who defy the stereotype of the hard driving Chinese-American family. It's clever and her insights are astu…

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Ching Chong Chinaman

by  Lauren Yee

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    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • Accolades


    Winner! 2007 Yale Playwrights Festival
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

The Wongs are American as apple pie. Desdemona dreams of Princeton but could use some help with her calculus. Her brother Upton wants to be a World of Warcraft champion but needs more free time to train. Upton solves both their problems by bringing an indentured servant home one day, but they soon discover that "Ching Chong" has American dreams of his own! An irreverent new comedy by Lauren Yee is skewering every cliché about Asian American identity.
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  • WINNER - 2007 Yale Playwrights Festival



"WILDLY FUNNY... makes hilarious splash in the melting pot"
Contra Costa Times, Read More

"A wildly inventive, raucously funny ride. Though rooted in Asian American literary tradition, this play upends its conventions with inspired irreverence. You have not seen anything like this before. The fourth wave of Asian American playwriting has arrived!" - The New York Times

"A smart, fast-paced comedy that wrings laughs from the topics of cultural identity and assimilation. Neither predictable nor politically correct, it's a satirical cartoon that has heart and even occasional poignancy" —, Read More

"Yee's characters have a substantial basis in camp...Ching Chong Chinaman shines in its countless bit parts and joking asides" — Backstage

"Whip-smart and very funny... Particularly clever is Yee's deft use of magical realism." —East Bay Express, Read More
"Fast, furious and very funny... an exhilarating send-up" —Berkeley Daily Planet, Read More

"Great laughs... unexpectedly moving" —


Identities & Dreams: The Hilarious World of CHING CHONG CHINAMAN
By Julia Izumi
February 23, 2015


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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: Palo Alto, California.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


3m, 3f

ED - 40s, Chinese-American, a businessman.
GRACE - 40s, Chinese-American, Ed's wife, a homemaker.
17, Chinese-American, daughter of Ed and Grace, a vegan.
UPTON - 15, Chinese-American, son of Ed and Grace, a gamer.
JINQIANG or "J" - 20s, Chinese, alias THE CHINESE MAN.
all ages, Chinese. She plays a variety of roles including MRS. J, KIM LEE PARK, the REPORTER, the JOY LUCK CLUB WOMAN, and the ASIAN SCHOOL GIRL.

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  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)



Lauren Yee

Lauren was born and raised in San Francisco and currently lives in New York City. Her plays include CHING CHONG CHINAMAN (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts, SIS Productions, Impact Theatre), CREVICE (Impact), THE HATMAKER’S WIFE (The Playwrights Realm, The Hub, Moxie Theatre, AlterTheater, PlayPenn), HOOKMAN (Encore Theatr ...

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Ching Chong Chinaman premiered at the Mixed Blood Theatre on February 14th, 2009 under the direction of Jennifer Weir.

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