• Asia Series Vol.3: Malaysia Lecture ASWARA (National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage) "BONDINGS"


Asia Series Vol.3: Malaysia Lecture ASWARA (National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage) "BONDINGS"

  • Conceived by the "BONDINGS" Creative Team
  • Written by Suri Liu
  • Lecturer, Director: Oi Min WONG

Malaysia's National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA) presents a project geared towards communicating Malaysia's unique multi-ethnic culture and contemporary performing arts scene through lecture and performance. Director Oi Min Wong takes the lead, collaborating on this program with a cast of young actors, as well as emerging playwright Suri Liu. Contrary to the pride many Malaysians feel towards their country's diversity, communication between ethnic groups is limited, and even the performing arts scene is fragmented by language. BONDINGS depicts this current situation via the symbolic use of sports such as soccer.


Morishita Studio
  • 11.4 (Fri) 19:30
  • 11.5 (Sat) 14:00*
  • 11.6 (Sun) 14:00
  • Followed by a lecture and discussion
  • *World Cafe event (free, reservations required)
120 min.
Lecture in Malaysian (sections in Chinese, Tamil, and English) with Japanese subtitles


Unreserved seating  Advance: ¥2,500 / Day: ¥3,000 / Other tickets available

Cast / Staff

Conceived by the “BONDINGS” Creative Team
Written by Suri Liu
Lecturer, Director Oi Min Wong
Endorsed by Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia
Produced by Faculty of Theatre, ASWARA (National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage)
In cooperation with The Saison Foundation
Co-organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center
Presented by Festival/Tokyo

Artist Profile

Suri Liu


Born in 1977 in Pontian, Johor, Suri Liu was is the pen name of Rabi’ahtuladawyah Md Saleh. In 1998, she started her career as a journalist and writer at Ummah Media and Pustaka Wira. She later worked as an assistant librarian at Johor Heritage Foundation (Yayasan Warisan, Johor). She has written short stories and poetry as well as song lyrics. Her scripts have appeared on Malaysian and Brunei television. She has also written a musical for children. In addition, she is a freelance theatre critic with a regular column. In 2003, she married a Malaysian Chinese and is the mother of two children.

Wong Oi Min

Arts scholar, Actor, Director, Dean of the Faculty of Theatre at ASWARA (National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage), former President of Alliance of Malaysian Chinese-language Theatre (ASLI)

Oi Min Wong gained a Ph.D. in arts from Nihon University. She is a member of the jury for the performing arts at the Malaysia Qualification Agency, for theatre at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, and for the ADA Drama Awards. She was a columnist for Malaysian education magazine Anak and a critic for RTM Ai-FM. She has presented theatre work at international theatre festivals around the world, including Japan, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Alongside her work as an artist, she is also an active critic and judge for various organizations. She carries out her wide-ranging creative activities and research falls under the principle of “crossing boundaries towards multicultural coexistence”.