Jacob Grippen

Art is no stranger to controversy, but the stereotypes perpetuated by Miss Saigon do little to advance our understanding of the actual culture and experiences of the Asian Community. Miss Saigon is rash with racism and sexism, and performances of the show have a detrimental effect on all communities by teaching viewers misguided, harmful information. Conversations to educate have happened before, but they seem to have fallen on the Ordway’s deaf ears. We must continue to have these conversations until people in power understand the negative effect these performances have on the Asian community, and the communities of our state, country, and world.

— Jacob Grippen
State DFL Secretary, Minnesota