Fractured Mosaics

A virtual opera that asks what it means to be Asian American.


Live Online March 30; April 1 & 3 2023


An operatic response to the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes, Fractured Mosaics explores the kaleidoscope of cultures and politics of the 20 different ethnic groups that are encompassed under the insufficient umbrella term of “Asian American.” In this live digital opera, five composer-librettist teams create operatic vignettes of Asian Americans establishing themselves in the United States.

White Snake Projects' 2021-2022 programming is supported in part by grants from the Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
This project is made possible by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation and Boston Cultural Council, Reopen Creative Boston Fund, administered by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.



Asian Americans are not a monolith.

Underlying the theme of Fractured Mosaics is that even the term “Asian American” is a social and political construct, completely missing the diversity of cultures and politics of the 20 different ethnic groups that are gathered under that umbrella — groups that are geographically spread over more than half the landmass of the Earth. Fractured Mosaics is White Snake Projects’ latest live virtual opera, created using the software plug-in Tutti Remote which was developed by White Snake Projects to make live, synchronous performances from remote locations possible.

Creative Team

Monique Truong Librettist
Xu Xi Librettist
Deepali Gupta Librettist
jason chu Librettist
Ben Kono Composer
Randall Eng Composer
Liliya Ugay Composer
Nilo Alcala Composer

Production & Technical Team

Tianhui Ng Music Director
kt shorb Director
Milan Eldridge Stage Manager
Jon Robertson Audio Engineer
Eduardo Berganza Unreal Technical Artist
Greg McGuire Broadcast Engineer
Nihan Yesil Projections Designer
Curvin Huber Director of Innovation
Eric Hung Consultant

The Inspiration

We are often fractured, but when we come together, we form beautiful mosaics.

Fractured Mosaics responds to the surge in Asian American hate. The term “Asian American” is a social and political construct which groups together 20 different ethnic groups originating from more than half the earth’s land mass. Though loosely bound by the color of our skin, we are not a monolith. Our different cultural and political histories are deeply embedded in our origin memories. We struggle to explain what it means to live in a yellow skin - a skin which is not dark enough to deserve protection from violence or discrimination; a skin which is not white enough to be accorded the privileges of whiteness. How do we explain the insidiousness of “yellow racism”? These five scenes by five Asian American composer/writer teams bound together by musical interludes say what words can only say, inadequately. They show what we dream of, what we struggle with and how we triumph. We are often fractured; but when we come together, the fractured mosaics form something beautiful.