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NORTH AMERICA/CHINA COLLABORATION ON PREMIERE OF 'THE JOY LUCK CLUB'; NORTHERN TELECOM IS THE SPONSOR

 SHANGHAI, China, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern Telecom is the sole sponsor of a theater production designed to help forge new cultural links between North America and China.
 In August of 1993, Shanghai, the most international of cities in the People's Republic of China (PRC), will host the world premiere of a new play based on Amy Tan's best-selling novel, "The Joy Luck Club." The production is the result of a collaboration between the Shanghai People's Art Theatre, the Long Wharf Theatre of the United States and part of the Theatre Artists Exchange Project, organized by the Yale- China Association.
 The opening of Amy Tan's poignant story of the generation and culture gap between Chinese immigrants and their American-born daughters will be marked by a gala night at the Shanghai Center Theatre on Aug. 6.
 Plans call for the production to tour China through 1993 with performances in such major centers as Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
 "This project is an example of the international leadership role a global company like Northern Telecom can play in corporate support of the arts and in promoting multi-cultural understanding," said James R. Long, executive vice president, international of Northern Telecom.
 The production of "The Joy Luck Club" marks the first joint venture between a Chinese theater company -- the Shanghai People's Art Theatre, one of the PRC's leading arts institutions -- and an American one -- the Long Wharf Theatre, one of the United States' foremost repertory companies, which Northern Telecom has supported through its Northeast regional office.
 Moreover, "The Joy Luck Club" is the first theatrical production in the PRC to be fully cross-cultural -- in the story itself and in the people assembled to tell it. Author Amy Tan is Chinese-American; playwright Susan Kim is Korean-American; the stage set have been designed by Chinese-American Broadway designer and Tony Award winner Ming Cho Lee; the graphics have been created by renowned Hong Kong-based designer Henry Steiner.
 The world-premiere production features a cast of Chinese and American actors under the direction of two-time Tony Award nominee Arvin Brown, the artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre, and Yu Luo-Sheng, vice director of the Shanghai People's Art Theatre.
 Author Amy Tan's novel, "The Joy Luck Club," is the story of a mah jong playing group of older women, who emigrated from China to find a new life in the United States, and their American daughters. Their individual stories of growing up in the East and the West show how the older women overcame adversity and how their daughters today reconcile their dual heritage and draw upon it for strength.
 "The themes of both the play itself and this unique production mirror our company's aims in the People's Republic of China," said Ming Li, senior managing director of Northern Telecom (Asia) Limited. "As a North American company with over twenty years experience of doing business in China, we are proud to help build East-West communications, just as we are helping to build China's telecommunications infrastructure."
 The production's sponsor, Northern Telecom, is the leading global supplier of fully digital telecommunications switching systems, providing products and services to telephone operating companies, corporations, governments, universities and other institutions worldwide. Northern Telecom has approximately 60,000 employees and had 1992 revenues of US$8.41 billion.
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 /CONTACT: Kathleen Franklin of Northern Telecom, USA, 703-712-8535, or Tom Koppel of Northern Telecom Asia/Pacific, Tokyo, 813-5420-3363, or Derek Fung of Burson-Marsteller, Hong Kong, 852-880-0229, or Cyana Lo of Burson-Marsteller, Beijing, 861-512-9820, for Northern Telecom/


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