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Ada Cheng

Standing Up

When you just can’t sit and take it anymore.

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.