David Henry Hwang (2944 words)


David Henry Hwang (1957-) is an American playwright whose best work uses theater to explore the formation of identity. In his earliest plays, this mainly meant racial or ethnic identity, as any writer with an Asian appearance and name emerging in the 1970s atmosphere of “identity politics” (Hwang and the Asian Society) would be seen as “hyphenated” (Gerard). An active proponent of Asian-American theater and a public voice against discrimination, he has sought various ways to turn ethnicity from a limitation to a gateway to the larger human problems of knowing oneself and relating to the world. His plays, while political, ask more questions than the ideology of a given moment can answer. Hwang’s Tony-award winning play M. …

Citation: Ross, Deborah. "David Henry Hwang". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 August 2011; last revised 24 July 2015. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12968, accessed 24 October 2020.]

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