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FILM REVIEWS



Her stories are rich and funny and painful and heartbreaking. And while they’re unique to her, they will resonate with others who understand the significance of such terms as 'home base-ish' and 'transition fatigue' and 'foreign school'....In Alien Citizen, Liang gives a vivid, outside-in view of the places where she’s lived, where the mundane becomes exotic and the exotic mundane. There’s drumming on turtle shells during Christmas celebrations in Guatemala, walking barefoot across the road to buy orange Fanta in Panama, wind surfing in Morocco, and riding in a car spinning on the ice in Fairfield County, Connecticut. It’s because she’s given herself 'permission to speak of the pain' that she can be grateful for all the wonderful things she’s experienced. And through Alien Citizen, we get to experience it all, too.
Craig Thompson, Clearing Customs

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I was riveted...Liang allows us inside her struggles and triumphs and brings them full circle in a way that helped me more fully understand mine. By being real about the pains, she freed me to experience the joys in the rich, nuanced way that is real life...I loved how Liang took the freedom to break into Spanish or Arabic during her story...By using all her languages in “Alien Citizen,” Liang brings closer the people who can follow her and also envelops the stragglers, carrying them over the hump into something more—a world where we are not just different but also the same, one where tone and gesture speak as loudly as vocabulary...I could go on for pages about the things I related to in Liang’s show...But I don’t want to rob you of the experience of watching it and seeing what you, global nomad or not, might relate to, too. Because we’re all a little alien sometimes, no matter where we come from or where we’re living right now...From Liang I learned about who I was, am, and want to be. And I’m grateful.
Isla McKetta, A Geography of Reading

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Told in beautifully written and poignantly acted vignettes about her life, Liang’s [film] is dynamic and vivid. She uses her physicality to marvelous effect as she embodies each of the different people she’s encountered, from her family and friends to everyone else in between, with vocal precision...I found myself nodding along to so many of Liang’s anecdotes and analyses about her experiences, even though we have a vastly different catalog of places we are from and lived...Alien Citizen is heart-wrenching and painfully honest, but it is also really funny...her charismatic performance works as both a play and a movie. This is no small feat. Sofie Calderon’s directing is spot on...There are so many third culture kids in the world, and Liang’s show encapsulates so much of our collective experience, even if individual details are different...Alien Citizen will help anyone confused by what it means to be a Third Culture Kid understand both the hardships, as well as the joys of this kind of life.
Sezín Koehler, Black Girl Nerds

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There are times when you’re about to fall off your chair laughing, only to find yourself tearing up in the next scene. She tells it all, the privileged and exciting, but also the challenging and frustrating sides of growing up as a TCK, having to move and leave behind one life, only to have to adapt to a new one, again and again. Every TCK can relate to her story, which she tells so vividly with her amazing acting, that you feel like you were almost there with her in that memory...honest and raw, hilarious and heartbreaking...I invite all TCK’s and their parents to watch Elizabeth Liang’s breathtaking performance in her show Alien Citizen, which will help you recognize, relate to, and understand some things that TCK’s experience growing up.
Deniz Keskinel, Connecting the Pieces: Expat Kids Club Blog

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It’ll make you laugh, cry, yell “HELL YES!” at the screen...Elizabeth’s linguistic skills and ability to mimic accents and mannerisms brings the colourful characters to life...As so much of the piece resonated with me, as it will for many migrants, I found myself wishing all my friends and family who struggle to understand my lifestyle would also watch it and understand me better...In Elizabeth’s audience we get a sense of belonging, of feeling non-alien.
Victoria Mitchell, Huffington Post contributor, Freelance Writer, Blogger, Content Creator

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While specific to one woman’s life, Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey is as mind-engaging and heart-touching as solo performances get, and with Liang’s one-woman show now available for worldwide home-and-school viewing, its informative, inspiring journey has only just begun.
Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA Fim Review

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Once again, we experienced the power of storytelling for creating awareness, healing through sharing, and revealing what still needs first aid...she stokes laughter of recognition from the innards of her audience...she offers something that others can somehow relate to in their own stories and start to accept with a chuckle...Liang explores her story with force of fact and confession of impact but does not whine or blame. Rather her performance is powered by an empathetic ownership for her past that connects her with her audience.
Dr. George Simons & the diversophy® Team


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AUDIENCE RESPONSE



It is so incredibly moving. Such a great resource for trainings and classroom discussions about important topics of identity, belonging, and being a global and multiethnic person.
Farzana Nayani, Diversity & Inclusion and Intercultural Specialist

If you want to spend 91 minutes laughing and crying, this is what you need to watch. This film of her one-woman show is galvanizing—Lisa Liang has nailed the Third Culture Kid/Global Nomad experience in all its highs and lows. Thank you, Lisa, for helping me revisit and uncover those extraordinary experiences, and relive the emotions. Your courage has helped me in my continuous search to find closure.
Cookie F., Intercultural Trainer and Adult TCK

It spoke to us on many levels. The timing couldn’t be better. I’m on the cusp of my next assignment overseas and we don’t know how to tell our daughter we’ll be moving… But one very important new thing Alien Citizen helped realize: don’t force our daughter to suppress her feelings to reinforce my glass-half-full outlook... Thank you again.
Peter E., State Dept Foreign Service Officer

Alien Citizen is a must watch. Wish it could be seen around the world...From one TCK to another - Thank you.
Marilyn Gardner, Speaker, Blogger, Author of Worlds Apart

I'm so glad I finally saw this performance. It's so powerful, brought me to tears...you have done something amazing.
Janneke Muyselaar-Jellema, from DrieCulturen: Blogger, ATCK, Medical Doctor

...a fantastic, thought-provoking, hilarious, poignant performance, screening and discussion...Your voice is much-needed and much-appreciated by members of the mixed race and third-culture communities.
Maria Leonard Olsen, Esq., Attorney, Radio Show Host, Author

It was amazing! I laughed and cried…I didn't want it to end. I'm sure it will continue to give others a better understanding of what it's like to be a TCK.
Missy R., Writer

Profound and extraordinary and wonderful—like being swooped into deep space. We were carried away.
C.O. Moed, Writer-Photographer

I was floored by the story line and performance. So impressive! I laughed out loud and cried—fantastic. The interviews at the end add a lot, too.
Theodore H., Computer scientist



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Interviews



Stories from the Field Podcast "Your Story Matters: A Conversation with Elizabeth Liang"

The Global Chatter Podcast "What ARE You?" Lively interview of Lisa by Amanda Bates of The Black Expat


People Like Us Jen Mohindra's TCK podcast (S2 E12)--Lisa enjoyed answering Jen's questions.

The power of storytelling in a world pandemic. "Riding emotions with @hapalis" - Psychologist Karina Lagarrigue's IGTV show


One Word Stories "Perseverance" - Lisa was interviewed for ep.12 of Joanna Sell's intercultural podcast/YouTube show

Global CKtizens Calvin Karuniawan Widjaja's ATCK podcast Ep 82: "First contact! Odyssey of the Alien Citizens (Elizabeth Liang)"


FIGT Focus "FIGT Focus on Identity: Lisa Liang"

NAFSA TCK Global Nomad Panel "Why TCKs Should Tell Their Stories in Creative Form"


Clearing Customs "In 'Alien Citizen,' a TCK
Takes the Stage to Tell Her Stories"

AT EASE Podcast in which Museum of the American Military Family Director Circe Olson Woessner speaks with Lisa about Alien Citizen, her life overseas, her writings, and her workshops.


TCK Care "'The Story of a Story' with Elizabeth Liang"

CULTURS Mag "'Alien Citizen' And Its Comical Look At Growing Up TCK"


VoyageLA "Meet Elizabeth Liang of Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey | Tell Your Intercultural Story"

Multicultural Kid Blogs "10 Alternatives to 'Where are you from?'" Alien Citizen's concept of home is mentioned with kind praise in this article.


Wesleyan Magazine "Who Are You?" Lisa's essay on growing up as a CCK and creating the show and movie.

Intercultural Compass "What are the colors of your culture? Interview with an actress Lisa Liang"


DENNIS ANYONE? With Dennis Hensley On this podcast, Dennis and Lisa have a wonderful conversation about numerous topics connected to Alien Citizen: aeo, and unrelated ones like playing a staffer on "The West Wing" and her unrequited pre-teen devotion to Sylvester Stallone.

Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast Interview in which host Ken Fong and Lisa have a lively conversation about Alien Citizen: aeo, TCKs, and politics


LA FPI "The FPI Files: Solo Queens Fest @ Bootleg"

MXRS January Commons: Intercultural/Intersectional/Interactional (2017) A conversation between Solveij Rosa Praxis and Elizabeth Liang. Together, they explore the intersections that exist within mixed bodies and the intercultural communities we build with these very intersections.


Absolutely Intercultural Podcast interview by SIETAR-Europa conference delegate & interculturalist Anne Fox

Culture Shock Toolbox Meet Elizabeth Liang from Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey


TCKid TV FIGT14 Scholars Are Moved by Alien Citizen: an earth odyssey

Global Life Summit "Creative Ways to Process and Express Your Global Past | Elizabeth (Lisa) Liang"


As Told by Nomads "Using the Arts to Express Yourself, with Lisa Liang"

The Berkshire Eagle "Elizabeth Liang finds home: Performance at Williams College '62 Center"


The Displaced Nation "TCK TALENT: Even without slide projector, projection of life as a Third Culture Kid engages Reykjavík audiences"

Outsiders' Network “ 'I’m not from a Place: I’m from People': Elizabeth Liang on Creativity and being a Third Culture Kid"


Next Stop: Musings of a Third Culture Kid "Alien Citizen: Laughter, Tears and Finding the Right Words"

Diary of a Move "Blood is not always thicker"


The Displaced Nation "TCK TALENT: Lisa Liang performs 'Alien Citizen' before fellow aliens"

Baltimore Post-Examiner "Alien Citizen - An Earth Odyssey"


Wandering Educators "Alien Citizen: Third Culture Kids, from Everywhere and Nowhere"

The Displaced Nation "What's it like to come out as a Third Culture Kid on stage? Elizabeth Liang tells all!"


Mixed Race Family "Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey"

Blvd Central "Who Are You, When You're from Everywhere and Nowhere?"


The Displaced Nation "Who is it that can tell me who I am? Third Culture Kid drama!"

Asians on Film "Elizabeth Liang Interview: Law & Order, Ojala, El Compromiso + Alien Citizen." The show is mentioned in the video at 3:38.


Asians on Film "Elizabeth Liang: Film, TV, Stage...Unpacked!" Alien Citizen is mentioned in the video at 4:10 under its earlier title Unpacked.



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What is a Third Culture Kid? The definition may seem simple, but the experience is not. Elizabeth Liang’s Third Culture Kid documentary, Alien Citizen, is about adapting to a new culture over and over, and feeling as though you belong everywhere and nowhere at the same time. Growing up around the world in a blended interracial family as a woman of Asian and Latino and European mixed descent, Liang experiences the benefits and hardships of cross cultural life. She deeply understands the importance of intersectionality and diversity & inclusion.
“Love, love, loved Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey. So beautiful and such a resource for helping TCK/CCKs (young and adult) in making sense—and sometimes peace—with their upbringing,” says author Linda Janssen about the film. Born into a family that relocated numerous times across the globe, Liang learned to find affinity and connection to those with stories similar to hers, such as other Cross-Cultural Kids (CCKs). Wherever she went, Liang learned to make new friends while letting go of old friends without having the space to grieve. The story that resulted is a documentary perfect for holidays such as Loving Day and Multiracial Heritage Month. Military Brats, mixed families with mixed identities, and mixed folks in general have enjoyed it, but so have countless people who grew up in one culture. A great film to watch on International Couples Day.

Alien Citizen: An Earth Odyssey - A film by HapaLis Prods
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