Asian American Plays for a New Generation

Asian American Plays for a New Generation

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Asian American plays provide an opportunity to think about how racial issues are engaged through theatrical performance physical contact, bodily labor, and fleshly desire as well as through the more standard elements of plot, setting, characterization, staging, music, and action.

Other Spaces of Asian America showcases seven exciting new plays that dramatize timely themes that are familiar to Asian Americans. The works variously address immigration, racism, stereotyping, identity, generational tensions, assimilation, and upward mobility as well as post-9/11 paranoia, racial isolation, and adoptee experiences.

Each of these works engages directly and actively with Asian American themes through performance to provide an important starting point for building relationships, raising political awareness, and creating active communities that can foster a sense of connection or even rally individuals to collective action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439905166
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 05/27/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Josephine Lee 1

1 Indian Cowboy Zaraawar Mistry 11

2 Walleye Kid: The Musical Music and Lyrics: Kurt Miyashiro Book R. A. Shiomi Sundraya Kase 33

3 Happy Valley Aurorae Khoo 101

4 Asiamnesia Sun Mee Chomet 173

5 Sia(b) May Lee-Yang 205

6 Bahala Na (Let It Go) Clarence Coo 223

7 Ching Chong Chinaman Lauren Yee 265

Afterword R. A. Shiomi 319

Contributors 325

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