Pui Fan Lee, Short, Fat, Ugly and Chinese, Fringe Club Theatre, January 17-18. IT'S not easy being yellow on the outside, white on the inside, as a handful of plays at this year's Fringe Festival so well describe. And one of the warmest, funniest descriptions comes from Pui Fan Lee with Short, Fat, Ugly and Chinese. Growing up in Nottingham as the daughter of Hong Kong parents who moved to England and set up a Chinese takeaway, life was always ''different'' for Lee. From the playground jibes, her ''funny'' name, eating different food and not with a knife and fork, Lee suffered for not being white. With charm and energy, Lee tells how she grew up wanting so desperately to be white - to be like her friends at school who did not have to work behind the counter of their parents' shop. Lee is caught between cultures, something that affects so many young Chinese people today, whether born in Hong Kong or abroad - they are neither truly Chinese nor white. Life is made doubly difficult for young Lee because she's a girl and not a treasured son. Poor Lee yearned for a white name, ''with lots of juicy syllables'' - like Clementine, to not have ''dirty knees'' and not to have to eat rice with everything. But she makes her break and heads for London - where nobody notices her. This is a joy for a girl used to being the butt of jokes and the object of staring eyes. In dead trendy London she has her first snog, her first date and meets a gay Chinese guy, something her mother had told her did not exist. For just over an hour, Lee bounds about the small Fringe theatre stage, her only prop a giant Alice in Wonderland-type chair which she leaps on and off, twisting her face, body and clothes with comic effect. Lee also makes an appearance in another play which uses humour to describe the effect of being Chinese, but not really: Banana Skin. It is described as a play for the jet-set generation of glam Hong Kongers who feel at odds with their background and lifestyle. Another young Chinese actor has been invited to the festival to recount his experiences of being a Chinese abroad - Kevin Ma from Vancouver performs his one-man show, Mom Said It's Time To Emigrate. His performance is in Cantonese, the others in English. William Yang, a photographer and fourth generation Chinese in Australia, uses words and narrative to describe his search for identity, a production which has won rave reviews in Australia. Lee's Short, Fat, Ugly and Chinese is a delightful production that so aptly describes a dilemma of our time. Festival organisers wanted to attract overseas Chinese residents for this year's line-up - they have made a splendid choice with Lee, as the cheering crowd at her opening night proved.