1st Edition

Milestones in Asian American Theatre

Edited By Josephine Lee Copyright 2023
    280 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This introduction to Asian American theatre charts ten of the most pivotal moments in the history of the Asian diaspora in the USA and how those moments have been reflected in theatre.

    Designed for weekly use on Asian American theatre courses, ten chosen milestones move chronologically from the earliest contact between Japan and the West through the impact of the Vietnam War and the resurgent "yellow peril" hysteria of COVID-19. Each chapter emphasizes common questions of how racial identities and relationships are understood in everyday life as well as represented on the theatrical stage and in popular culture.

    Milestones are a range of accessible textbooks, breaking down the need-to-know moments in the social, cultural, political, and artistic development of foundational subject areas.

    1. Staging Minor Feelings and Rehearsing Reparation

    Amy B. Huang

    2. Staging Exclusion: Immigration and Exploitation in Asian American Theatre

    James McMaster

    3. Theater of the American Tropics

    Lucy MSP Burns

    4. Dusty Barracks and Empty Stages: Revisiting the Mass Exclusion and Incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II

    Ju Yon Kim

    5. From "Orientals" to Asian Americans

    Eunha Na

    6. Instruction Pieces: The Emergence of Asian American Performance Art

    Joshua Chambers-Letson

    7. Southeast Asian American Theatre: Refugee Memories and Enacting Home

    Sean Metzger

    8. Yellowface and Asian American Actors

    Esther Kim Lee

    9. Grief and Terror in Post-9/11 Plays by South Asian and Arab American Playwrights

    Dan Bacalzo

    10. Staging Asian America in a History of Present Illness

    Christine Mok


    Josephine Lee is Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota and the editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture. Her other books include Oriental, Black, and White: The Formation of Racial Habits in American Theater, The Japan of Pure Invention: Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, and Performing Asian America: Race and Ethnicity on the Contemporary Stage.