|Published online: February 27, 2015||$US5.00|
This paper examines the interplay of ethnicity, politics, and multiculturalism in “12-1-A” written by Asian American playwright Wakako Yamauchi and “Back of the Throat” written by Arab American playwright Yussef El Guindi. The two plays are written with the backdrop of the Japanese internment of the 1940s and the 9/11 events respectively, and theatriclaize the traumatic experiences of Asian and Arab Americans after these (trans)national crises. Multiculturalism, which is traditionally understood as a flag of equality and diversity, is questioned as whether it is eliminating white hegemony or delineating power structure among various ethnicities in the U.S. The research tries to answer questions related to diversity, marginalization, transnationalism, and the interplay of the political and the personal in the selected plays. When I explain my historical research about the evacuation and internment of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor, more often than not my audience sighs and remarks at how “relevant” my work must be in light of recent events. They mean 9/11 and the rapid encroachment upon civil liberties that followed the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. (Colborn-Roxworthy 2006, 25)
|Keywords:||Ethnicity, Multiculturalism, Theatre|
The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 12, Issue 3-4, February 2015, pp.9-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: February 27, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 454.315KB)).
Assistant Professor of English Literature, Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt