The East Side: Creating Harvard's First Asian-American Musical

Struck by the lack of Asian representation in theatre, Julia Riew '22 decided to write a show with Asian American experience at its center. Over the next year, a script was written, music composed, sets built, and scenes rehearsed. Discover how a small idea brought the Harvard community together to create a landmark original Asian American musical.


created by Jared Leong

supported by the Harvard University Asia Center

graphics and illustrations by Ramona Park

additional footage by Keehup Yong

music by


Special Thanks to:

David Moberg

KeeHup Yong

Jason Yoo

Julia Riew

John Lim

Michael Yin

Rocket Claman

And the entire The East Side team

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