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A History of Asian American Theatre

Esther Kim Lee

Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 1107402921 / ISBN 13: 9781107402928
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Title: A History of Asian American Theatre

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Paperback

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Paperback. 284 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 5.9in. x 0.7in.In 1965, the first Asian American theatre company, the East West players, was founded by a group of actors who wanted to find better opportunities in the acting industry. Forty years later, Asian American theatre is one of the fastest-growing theatre sectors with over thirty active theatre companies and numerous award-winning artists such as Frank Chin, Jessica Hagedorn, Ping Chong, David Henry Hwang, Philip Kan Gotanda, Velina Hasu, and B. D. Wong. Based on over seventy interviews, this 2006 book surveys the history of Asian American theatre from 1965 to 2005 with focus on actors, playwrights, companies, audiences, and communities. Emphasizing historical contexts, Esther Kim Lee examines how issues of cultural nationalism, interculturalism, and identity politics affect a racially defined theatre. Addressing issues ranging from actors activism to Asian Diaspora, the book documents how Asian American theatre has become an indispensable part of American culture. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781107402928

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Synopsis: In 1965, the first Asian American theatre company, the East West players, was founded by a group of actors who wanted to find better opportunities in the acting industry. Forty years later, Asian American theatre is one of the fastest-growing theatre sectors with over thirty active theatre companies and numerous award-winning artists such as Frank Chin, Jessica Hagedorn, Ping Chong, David Henry Hwang, Philip Kan Gotanda, Velina Hasu, and B. D. Wong. Based on over seventy interviews, this 2006 book surveys the history of Asian American theatre from 1965 to 2005 with focus on actors, playwrights, companies, audiences, and communities. Emphasizing historical contexts, Esther Kim Lee examines how issues of cultural nationalism, interculturalism, and identity politics affect a racially defined theatre. Addressing issues ranging from actor's activism to Asian Diaspora, the book documents how Asian American theatre has become an indispensable part of American culture.

Book Description: Based on over seventy interviews and archival findings, this 2006 book surveys the history of Asian American theatre from 1965 to 2005. Subjects included in the study are: actors, playwrights, audiences, alternative performances and the Miss Saigon controversy. It was the first study to document the history of Asian American theatre.

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