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The Chickencoop Chinaman and The Year of the Dragon by Frank Chin [in What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature]

Chickencoop ChinamanTwo plays by pioneer Frank Chin. The groundbreaking The Chickencoop Chinaman, which introduces three unpredictable characters who challenge and satirize existing media stereotypes of Asian Americans, was the first Asian American play to be produced in New York City; it debuted off-Broadway in 1972. The Year of the Dragon , about the disintegration of the Chinese American family, appeared off-Broadway in 1974.

In 1973, fifth-generation Chinese American Frank Chin founded the Asian American Theatre Workshop which became the Asian American Theater Company, one of the five early Asian American theaters in the U.S. Chin angrily left in 1977 after creative differences could not be resolved.

Review: “Asian American Titles,” What Do I Read Next? Multicultural Literature, Gale Research, 1997

Readers: Adult

Published: 1981


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