Society features

No-No Boy live | Asian society


Friday, March 4, 2022
7:30 p.m. Show
9 p.m. Reception

In this gig, No-no boy (a.k.a Julien Saporiti) will combine original folk songs, tales and archival footage to deliver an immersive experience exploring Asian American and Trans-Pacific histories, with music drawing inspiration from exciting and diverse traditions: jazz musicians in internment camps, Saigon rock ‘n’ roll teens, Filipino cruise ship bands, punk rockers and church choirs in Chinatowns. Speaking as much about the present as the past, the performance will also touch on Saporiti’s research work in Texas and on the southern frontier. Entertaining, contemplative and enlightening, the show will end with a reception where the public can continue the conversation started by the show.

“Incredibly listenable and beautiful.” – American songwriter

“One of the most insurgent pieces of music you’ll ever hear…re-examines Americana to devastating effect…an act of revisionist subversion.” – NPR

“Incredible storytelling in the purest folk tradition.” – San Francisco Chronicle

About No-No Boy

Julien Saporiti aka No-No Boy is a Vietnamese and Italian-American songwriter and scholar. His multimedia work “No-No Boy” transformed his doctoral research on Asian American history into concerts, albums and films that reached a wide and diverse audience. Using art to delve into hotly contested issues such as race, refugees and immigration, Saporiti aims to allow audience members to sit in complication as the music and visuals open doors to difficult stories. Saporiti is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, the University of Wyoming and Brown University and has worked with cultural institutions such as Lincoln Center, LA Philharmonic, National Parks and Carnegie Hall.

Website / NPR World Cafe interview and performance / Smithsonian Documentary / Music Video “Wyoming’s Best Group of Gods” / “Imperial Twist” Lyric Video
Social: instagram / Facebook / Twitter

The Asia Society Texas performing arts and culture programs are presented by Syamal and Susmita Poddar. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment and The Brown Foundation Inc. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Anchorage Foundation of Texas , The Clayton Fund, and the Miller Theater Advisory Board. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Airlines, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to providing programming and exceptional exhibitions at Asia Society Center texan.

Performing Arts and Culture Presenting Sponsors

Syamal and Susmita Poddar

Official Airline Sponsor

Performing Arts and Culture Program Sponsors

Presenting Partners

About Asia Society Texas

Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diversity of perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Covering the fields of arts, business, culture, education and politics, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.