IF I WERE CHINESE

WORDS BY CLARE BIERMAN
MUSIC BY ERIKA JI

I’ve always known I’m different,
But never could tell why.
So I thought of a solution 
That I’d really like to try. 
That’s why I’m by my bedside.
And I’m praying to you, God, please.
I’d be the happiest girl alive
If you made me Chinese...

Humor is a powerful way to explore uncomfortable topics. As a Chinese-American and Japanese-Jewish writing team, we wrote this self-implicating, tongue in cheek comedy piece—about a white woman who wishes she could live the glamorous and interesting life of a POC—to spark new conversations about the strange, awkward, unspoken rules of race and identity.

  • April 2021 (upcoming) — workshop & concert, 2021 New Voices Project
  • May 2020 — performance at the Musical Theatre Factory
  • March 2020 — performance at the NYU Tisch Black Box

Performed by Katie Hazdovac (lead vocal) and the Pickle Tricksters
(Alex Becker, Clare Bierman, Dahlak Brathwaite, Erika Ji,
Katherine Cartusciello, Lisa Asedillo, Mikey Rosenbaum).

Performed by Katie Hazdovac (lead vocal)
and the Pickle Tricksters (Alex Becker,
Clare Bierman, Dahlak Brathwaite,
Erika Ji, Katherine Cartusciello,
Lisa Asedillo, Mikey Rosenbaum).

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