FOB and other plays

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New American Library, Mar 28, 1990 - Drama - 302 pages
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Six plays deal with a recent Chinese immigrant, a Chinese rail workers strike in 1867, the myths of family history, a mysterious brothel, a wandering Samurai, and a man abducted by aliens

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The Dance and the Railroad
Family Devotions
The House of Sleeping Beauties

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About the author (1990)

The son of immigrant Chinese parents, Hwang attended Stanford University and the Yale Drama School and has been a director and a teacher of playwriting. FOB (1981), which stands for "Fresh off the boat,"' explores the conflicts between two Chinese Americans and a Chinese exchange student still steeped in the customs and beliefs of the old world. It won an Obie Award in 1981. The Dance and the Railroad (1982) concerns an artist and his fellow workers who stage a strike to protest the inhuman conditions suffered by Chinese railroad workers in the American West in the nineteenth century. M Butterfly (1988), about the relationship between an American man and a Chinese transvestite, won the Tony Award as best play of the year. Maxine Hong Kingston wrote, "David Hwang has an ear for Chinatown English, the language of childhood and the subconscious, the language of emotion, the language of home.

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