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But Still, like Air, I'll Rise: New Asian American Plays written by Velina H. Houston

 

But Still, like Air, I'll Rise: New Asian American Plays written by Velina H. Houston

Overview:

In this pathbreaking volume, Velina Hasu Houston gathers together eleven plays that speak in "hybridized, unique American voices of Asian descent - and often dissent." These writers resist the bigotry that targets them solely as people of color as well as the homogenizing tendencies of a multiculturalism that fails to recognize the varied make-up of Asian American experience while demonstrating the different styles and thematic concerns of individual playwrights.\

Synopsis:

In this pathbreaking volume, Velina Hasu Houston gathers together eleven plays that speak in "hybridized, unique American voices of Asian descent - and often dissent." These writers resist the bigotry that targets them solely as people of color as well as the homogenizing tendencies of a multiculturalism that fails to recognize the varied make-up of Asian American experience while demonstrating the different styles and thematic concerns of individual playwrights.\

Library Journal

Following up on her previous anthology, Politics of Life: Four Plays by Asian American Women (Temple Univ., 1993), award-winning playwright Houston (director of the Playwriting Program at UCLA) presents 11 plays by established Asian American playwrights of diverse pan-Asian ancestry. To the reader, they represent hybridized, American voices of Asian descent and often dissent, unique and distinct from mainstream Eurocentric American dramatic tradition. In various styles and themes, these plays dramatize different American experiences with vision and creativity. The homoerotic play by Chay Yew "A Voice of Their Own" echoes a universal theme, transcending ethnicity. These plays have been premiered in leading regional theaters. Besides Houston, the authors include Jeannie Barroga, Phillip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Sung Rno, Dmae Roberts, and Elizabeth Wong, among others, all identified at the back of the volume. This engaging collection is highly recommended for academic, large public, and research libraries.Ming-ming Shen Kuo, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.\

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