LEAGUE OF LEGENDS – The Curse of the Sad Mummy
Edward Chang Choreography (Edward Chang)
I felt like life was always going to be a struggle. I was born into a poor, immigrant, Taiwanese family, both of my parents, the black sheep. Growing up I wasn’t allowed hang out with friends or to bring them over and it kyboshed social life. In 4th grade, I was misdiagnosed with autism because my social skills had been so delayed. The environment my parents created for me had made it difficult for me to understand social cues. It made me feel like something was wrong with me. I latter found out, last year of college, that I had a gifted learning disability, one of the most misunderstood learning disabilities in the 1990’s. But my parents didn’t believe in learning disabilities, so for the majority of the life I came home only to be called stupid by them because I couldn’t perform in school, and since my social cues were non-existent, I was the favorite for bullying by my peers. But things got better in the 6th grade when an Asian immigrant student moved to my school. Somehow that broke the rule of “not fraternizing with other people”. But our friendship was short lived, sadly he moved back to Korea the following year. And so life went on, the bullying went on, and the rejection of my parents as well. I lived with this pain well into my post-college years causing me to fall into a dark hole of depression. It wasn’t actually until last year that I recovered from it.
The “Curse of the Sad Mummy” follows the story of a boy mummy named, Amumu, who woke up with no recollections of his past except for feelings of loneliness and weeping. Eventually the boy explores the world and enters into the arena of League of Legends. Anumu represents the great sorrow and sadness that I felt as a boy. I grew up being bombarded with the worst of situations and I felt like crying all the time. It was hard to live every day and I really wanted to end the pain by taking my life. But, the struggles of the past 20 years are worth it and I see that now.
Today, I have accomplished so much. I have been offered a position on a medical board without a medical degree, worked with celebrities both in the entrepreneurial network and the entertainment industry, and realized that I have surpassed my struggles and know that I can make it in whatever field I choose to explore.
I want you to know, if you are going through a difficult time right now, that even though the struggle will be hard and it’ll seem like it’ll never end, it’ll be worth it because you’ll rise above and you’ll learn to be compassionate and understanding toward others as well.
Character Study: To produce this performance, I took inspiration from the famous “To Be Or Not To Be” a soliloquy from Hamlet by William Shakespeare. To develop my performances, I take inspiration from various pieces and express it in my own original work.