Taiwanese-born Ada Cheng had achieved the American dream: U.S. citizenship, a tenured faculty position as a sociology professor, and a following of students who adored her. But by midlife, she was tired of struggling against both subtle and overt gender and racial discrimination and battling conservative academia. Driven by instinct and whim, Ada enrolled in an improvisation class at Chicago's acclaimed Second City, and found a new second act for herself as a storyteller, stand-up comedian, and improv comic. In Standing Up, Ada inspires readers to follow their passions and listen to their hearts no matter what their age or obstacles to overcome.
Standing Up is for you if you:
Are tired of working for the paycheck and not your passion. Believe there's something more for you than what you're allowing yourself to experience. Are ready to take a chance on yourself and leap into your second act.
I am very proud of Ada! She inspires me to achieve my goals and not to be afraid of changes. I learned from her book that we should have dreams and it is never too late to make a shift in one's life. I can't wait to watch Ada live on stage.
Ada Cheng is a beautiful example of bravery and trust in action. She is remarkably candid and honest about her life and her journey, and it makes for a very refreshing and inspiring read. This book is a quick page-turner that left me feeling a renewed trust and faith in life. Ada has taken the difficulties and pains of her past with grace and power. This book will inspire you to move in the direction of your highest excitement and passions too. Thank you, Ada, for your example and your ferocious beautiful spirit. I love you.