My -Korean- Canadian Friend by Ngọc Hân (Rebecca) Trần
My -Korean- Canadian Friend follows two Korean immigrant boys who compete in a Korean game show where they learn how to be Canadian in order to fit in and survive the dangerous territories of high school.The play borrows the styles of South Korean variety games, and talk shows where competitors are placed in difficult, uncomfortable situations to face outrageous and cutthroat challenges. My -Korean- Canadian Friend examines the intersections of culture, race, and bullying.
Keywords: cultural identity, culture, race, bullying, Asian, Korean
Produced at the Toronto Fringe Festival, 2021, winner of Digital New Play Contest
Run time: 66 minutes
Suitable for students 16+
Cast size: 3 actors
Male roles: 2
Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming roles: 1
Casting note: The two main male characters are Korean and speak Korean dialogue throughout the play.
"My -Korean- Canadian Friend is a highlight during this year’s Fringe Festival and definitely worth exploring whether or not you identify as a person of colour. Better yet, this is well worth the watch in particular if you are not, as a way of understanding the struggles of most immigrants."
- Samantha Wu, Mooney on Theatre