"It was a recurring motif in my life where I cast myself as a supporting character in the narratives of creative, charismatic, misunderstood men."
For these Asian American women, burlesque provides an avenue to subvert race-based stereotypes that pin them as subservient and docile.
"I had told no one what I was doing. Good wives, responsible mothers, did not undress in public."
"Remember, there's going to be more people that like you and appreciate you than people that hate you," Jo Weldon said.
As a queer woman who grew up in a conservative setting, burlesque dancer Jo Weldon found freedom, fun and her calling in underground nightlife.
Finding a guy tall enough to play Chewbacca who could dance was a challenge, according to the director.