"Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
is funny, moving, and compelling enough to appeal to every race and gender. Kristina Wong is hilarious and captivating; she brilliantly blends humor and heft. Director Michael Closson beautifully captures all the energy, humanity, and crackle of a live performance and creates an intimate bridge between theater and cinema."
-Rory Freedman - #1 New York Times bestselling author of Skinny Bitch
"Watching Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
was a revelation for me. Here was this wacky Chinese American woman attacking a real issue like Asian American women's mental health with such honesty, intelligence, humor and creativity. The sheer force of Kristina's commitment to the art was unstoppable!"
-Jenny Yang, Comedian
"I really liked it."
The People I've Slept With, Ethan Mao, Drift, Flow
"I've seen this show both live and on film and they are both impactful. This film is educational, entertaining, and very touching."
-Paul Tei, Actor, USA's Burn Notice, Disney's Zeke and Luther
"Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
is a provocative piece of theatre that wears its activist ambitions on its sleeve—but Kristina Wong is smart and self-aware enough to keep it from being heavy-handed. In fact, the show is inviting and often funny. And it loses none of its power when translated to film."
-Prince Gomolvilas, Playwright Mysterious Skin
"I like licking myself, but I like watching Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
-Pork Chop, Cat/YouTube Star
"I just want to say how amazing you are! I was taking a Clinical Psychology course and the Professor played your film. The play was remarkable, very modern and a great way to express the current issue with Asian American Women. "
-Kendy, Student at UC Irvine
"When there is a silence about a topic, humor is something that is able to break through...I think that’s one of the things that the show was so good at doing. It was also really funny, really warm, really engaging...and it stimulated constructive conversation after with psychologists, with counselors, with medical students, with college students, high school teachers, with parents. I don’t know of many occasions that could get that kind of group having a candid conversation with each other. "
-Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Joseph S. Atha Professor of Humanities, Professor of English, and Director of American Studies, Stanford University
"We want to thank you for delivering your performance at Stanford.
...we had a good
audience of Asian Americans, others from the medical field, and local
residents. We thought your performance was excellent and a great way
to help us face something that is hard to acknowledge and easier to
ignore. Hopefully, your work will enable some people to ask for help
and for systems to provide better help for those in need. Breaking
down the stigma of depression is noble work and we thank you for
engaging in it and sharing your work with our community. "
-Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, EdD
-Audrey Shafer, MD
"The best use of my time at Virginia Tech so far! "
-Anonymous Student Virginia Tech
"I think that Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
would be a great tool for other organizations to spread awareness around mental health disparities and reduce stigma around depression. "
-Pin-Yi Ko, Co-Chair APAMSA Medical Conference at Stanford University
"After seeing Wong flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
, I was immediately amazed by the clinical and academic portrayal of the symptoms of depression and suicide among Asian women. This is clearly an overlooked population that requires more education and research. This work of art should be by viewed by everyone who works with people and it should be taught in all colleges and universities; especially among clinical professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and family counselors. "
-Dr. Cheryl Motley Sanders, LICSW, PsyaD
"I just finished watching this movie and I thought it was very unique way of looking at the issues of depression and suicide among Asian American Women
I think it strongly looks at the issues or the roadblocks to getting therapy, to getting help, whether it be personal, bureaucratic or just familial. It also shows the importance of getting that help and getting some kind of resolution to an issue that is very important. "
-Gary Degroot Ph.D.
Director / Chief Psychologist
Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS)
Claremont University Consortium
"I have shared the video with several women in my practice and it resonated deeply with them and opened up a conversation about unique pressures on Asian American women and the shame associated with feeling depressed or "failing" in any way. I hope to use the video more when working with both Asian adoptees and white parents who adopt Asian children - often girls. "
-Christina Malecka, MA, LMHC
"Just watched the DVD and it is fabulous! "
The Film Collaborative