New Contest! Guess Prince's Favorite Song by The Jets, and Win Theater Tickets to "Letters to a Student Revolutionary" in Los Angeles!

Those of you living in the Los Angeles area (or who will be visiting the Los Angeles area) have a chance to win a pair of tickets to Letters to a Student Revolutionary at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Little Tokyo in downtown L.A.—this is a $42 value! Here are details about the production:

Elizabeth Wong

directed by Peter J. Kuo

featuring Carin Chea, Julia Cho, Edward Gunawan, Ruffy Landayan, Joon Lee, Nghia Luu, Sheila Tejada, Tina Tong

A special one-weekend only benefit performance to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. Poignantly moving and at times disarmingly funny, LETTERS TO A STUDENT REVOLUTIONARY traces the decade-long correspondence and search for true democracy between two pen-pals—one Chinese, the other Chinese Americanwhich ends abruptly with the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. First staged in 1991, this is the first play in the United Stated to respond to the tragic historical event.

Saturday, February 28, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 2009 @ 3:00 p.m.* & 7:30 p.m.
*A panel discussion with human rights advocates & scholars will follow Sunday matinee 3:00 p.m. performance.


The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
111 N. Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information and tickets, visit addword productions.
For a chance to win, all you have to do is guess what my favorite song by The Jets is—you remember The Jets, that 1980s pop group from Minneapolis by way of the island nation of Tonga. To make it easier for you, I have embedded three music videos by The Jets—my favorite song is one of these:

"Crush on You":

"Make It Real":

"You Got It All":

Leave your guess in the comments section. If you're not a Blogger member, you can comment anonymously and leave your name or your initials; when I announce the winner, you'll know if you won and all you have to do is e-mail me your full name and the date/time you'd like to attend. In the event of a tie, the winner will be chosen randomly from all correct guesses. Deadline for entries is Thursday, February 12, 2009, 11:59PM. The winner will be announced on Friday, February 13, 2009—and must claim his/her prize via e-mail within 24 hours or the prize will go to someone else.

[Attention Theater Companies! Contact me if you're interested in doing a ticket giveaway in exchange for some PR, like what you see above. According to Google Analytics, Bamboo Nation receives about 15,000+ page views per month, and the top three locations for page views are Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City.]


  1. omg, forgot about that band, they all looked like Mario from 90210!

    I love the last song "You Got It All" and I think you did too...:)


  2. I sang "Crush on You" at least once a week about a different guy. I'm putting my money on that.

  3. is there anything worse than 80's pop slow songs? And here's what I really don't get - why does that group of dudes choose such a sappy song on the jukebox, I mean come on.

  4. Thanks "America's Foremost Thai-American Writer"!!! =D

  5. Back in my days as a literary intern I wrote Elizabeth Wong a very nice, heartfelt rejection letter. It was so nice she even wrote an email my boss thanking me for being nicer and gentler than necessary.

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  7. Perhaps it's destiny, either way it's better late than never. "Make it Real" Prince, Make it Real. hahahaha.