Lieu created and stars in a one-woman show, "140 Pounds."
It is the unfortunate true story of how Lieu's mother, Jennifer Ha, went in for plastic surgery and died due to a malpractice incident. Susan was 11-years-old. The doctor had a San Francisco office and had advertised heavily in Vietnamese media, touting his experience in the Vietnamese War. The community trusted him. The family would learn after Ha's death that the doctor was already on probation when he operated on Ha.
Lieu had so many unanswered questions. She also wanted to examine the impact of her mother's death on the family, her body insecurity and shame and the lack of accountability in the medical system. Her show is a leap of faith for the former management consultant and entrepreneur. She and her sister co-founded Socola Chocolatier in San Francisco, making gourmet chocolates with Asian flavors like passion fruit and lychee.
You can catch her performances at the Marsh in the San Francisco Mission on 5/15 and 5/25. Tickets.
A pleasure chatting with entrepreneur turned comedian turned creator of the one-woman show #140Pounds today! @susanlieu has turned her mom's plastic surgery malpractice death into inspiration for all of us! pic.twitter.com/uwzwmxh40Q— Kristen Sze (@abc7kristensze) May 15, 2019