Asian American Theatre

Asian American Theatre - Asian American Theatre Defining...

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Asian American Theatre Defining Asian American Umbrella term for Americans of asian descent Enables coalitions between different asian ethnic groups (similar to Lation/a American) Diverstiy within Asian American – countries of origin, ethnicity, class; different immigration histories Contested term – its meaning is often debated, its boundaries and “membership” always changing “To be marginalized in the U.S. is (especially for those marginalized because of their ethnicity) to have much of one’s experience inadvertently or conveniently omitted from the nations’s history” –Velina Hasu Houston What makes something Asian American Theater? Plays written by? Plays performed by? Plays about? What purpose does the category serve? What problems might it pose? Some common threads: o Asian American history –revisiting or writing for the first time o Asian American Identity – asserting, questioning, complicating o Critique stereotypes “[I]t is dangerous to assume that ‘Asian American’ can be fully experesed
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