Elizabeth Liang is a Cross-Cultural Kid (CCK). A CCK is a person who has lived in—or meaningfully interacted with—two or more cultural environments for a significant period of time during developmental years. Liang weaves humorous and moving stories about growing up abroad with American commercial jingles providing her soundtrack through language confusion, first love, culture shock, Clark Gable, and sandstorms…
Our protagonist deals with the decisions every global nomad has to make repeatedly: to adapt or to simply cope; to build a bridge or to just tolerate. From being a Guatemalan-American teen in North Africa to attending a women’s college in the USA, Alien Citizen reflects her experience that neither one was necessarily easier than the other. She realizes that girls across the world are growing into womanhood in environments that can be hostile to females (including the USA). How does a young girl cope as a border/culture/language/religion straddler in country after country that feels "other" to her when she is the “other?” Where is the line between respecting others and betraying yourself?
Humor is a great survival mechanism. And friends make all the difference.
Elizabeth Liang (aka Lisa) is an actress, writer, producer, speaker, and workshop leader. Her one-woman show, Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey, toured internationally from 2013 to 2019. It is now an award-winning film available digitally and on DVD. Lisa has acted on stage, new media, television, and film. She is also a published essayist; co-host of the longest running podcast on the multiracial experience, Hapa Happy Hour; and an autobiographical storytelling workshop leader. She delivers keynotes on intercultural and inter-sectional storytelling. Lisa grew up in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Morocco, Egypt, and Connecticut. She graduated from Wesleyan University.
Sofie Calderon makes her directorial debut with ALIEN CITIZEN: An Earth Odyssey. Calderon is an award- nominated performer and theatre producer whose Los Angeles credits include Genet's The Maids (Stage 52, 4 NAACP Award nominations), Blade To The Heat (Stage 52 and The Coast Playhouse), The Evidence Room’s Ovation-nominated play Red Light, Green Light, and productions at Chalk Rep, the Court Theatre, and Wilshire Ebell. A graduate of UT at San Antonio, she also acts on film and television. Her television credits include Shameless, Bosch, Rex Is Not Your Lawyer (NBC with David Tennant), a recurring role on The Shield, Strong Medicine, Heroes, Star Trek, and several award-winning festival indie films. As a producer, Sofie is excited about her feature film projects.