The East Side

The East Side: A New Musical

Harvard University, Farkas Hall, April 2019

Book by Julia Riew, Jared Leong, and John Lim; Music and Lyrics by Julia Riew

The East Side is a new coming-of-age musical comedy that tells the story of 17-year-old Ryan and his mother, Ms. Chen, as they struggle to keep their dumpling restaurant afloat in an increasingly gentrified New York City’s Chinatown. Inspired by the writers’ experiences navigating their Asian-American identities, The East Side explores the challenges of finding authenticity and connection.

The East Side in the News:

Student-penned musical puts the spotlight on the Asian Student Arts Project

‘The East Side’ Explores the Struggle of Living in the West

‘The East Side’ Takes On Asian-American Identity Onstage

Senior co-writes Harvard musical to raise Asian representation in theater

Watch and Listen

Production Photos

Final Shot
Photos by Angela Kim
Full Cast and Crew

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