Hwang’s play Yellow Face (2007), a dramaturgically inventive work, combines multiple narrative forms into a plot that blurs the distinction among social science, social commentary, and fiction. The play is simultaneously self-mocking and self-examining in its representation of the Asian American experience in theatre. It both examines Hwang’s own racial identity and boldly redefines conventional theatrical forms as the playwright places himself at the center of a highly embarrassing, fictional racial controversy in order to scrutinize the performativity of an Asian American identity. This article argues that Yellow Face is fictitious autoethnodrama as it acerbically parodies racialization.
Ha, Quan Manh and Christiansen, Jacob
"David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face: Fictional Autoethnography and Parody on Racial Stereotypes,"
Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies: Vol. 12, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/aaldp/vol12/iss1/5