David Henry Hwang is one of America’s top playwrights, and one of its most incisive chroniclers of the immigrant experience in America: or better said, the post-immigrant experience. Hwang was born in Los Angeles to Chinese parents, and grew up as a “real” American. He later said that as a boy he considered his Chinese roots “a minor detail, like having red hair.” It was only after graduating from Stanford University that he felt the need to explore the challenges faced by his parents’ generation and his own. The result has been a body of work that includes the Tony Award-winning M. Butterfly, FOB, which won an Obie, and Yellow Face. Hwang spoke about his life and work, and the challenges of handling diversity issues in art.
Moderator: Maarten van Hinte
In collaboration with: The U.S. Embassy and Het Nederlands Theater Festival, Holland-America Friendship Foundation, AEGON
David Henry Hwang describes his passion for playwriting since college, shares inspirations and challenges that he has encountered: