By Emily Masuda
Special to the Express
On Saturday, Aug. 8, Stories on Stage Davis is releasing the fifth episode of its twice-a-month podcast with the short story “Tell Me What You Think of Me,” by Alexandra Chang, read by Joy Ding.
“Tell Me What You Think of Me” is told from the perspective of a young, Chinese-American woman who steps off San Francisco’s Muni after another long, thankless day of proofreading. On her trip home, she helps a stranger in need and inadvertently sets off a cascade of tensions about race, identity, and choice.
Alexandra Chang is from Northern California. She is the author of the novel “Days of Distraction,” released in March. She graduated from UC Berkeley and received her MFA from Syracuse University. Her fiction has appeared in “Zoetrope: All-Story,” “Glimmer Train,” “LARB Quarterly Journal,” “Catapult,” and elsewhere. She has previously worked as a technology reporter for “WIRED” and “Macworld.”
Reading Chang’s story is Joy Ding, who has read live for Stories on Stage Davis the last two seasons. Joy is a writer, actor, and musician living in San Francisco. She earned an MA in creative writing from UC Davis, where she studied writing and acting.
New episodes of the Stories on Stage Davis podcast air every second and fourth Saturday. All episodes of the podcast are available on the Stories on Stage Davis website, and regular podcast listeners can also subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and Google Play. Stories on Stage Davis is a sponsored project of YoloArts, a non-profit arts organization.
For more information, and to listen to the podcast, visit http://storiesonstagedavis.com/.