Frank Chin , who founded the Asian American Theatre Workshop, argued that Asian-American actors needed Asian-American playwrights to create believable roles and to end dependence on the mainstream acting industry. Theatrical Ensemble of Asians TEA began in on the campus of the University of Washington , and after the founding students graduated, moved into a theatre in the International District, renaming themselves the Asian Exclusion Act. The theatre group moved around several locations before finding a home at the Theatre Off Jackson.
In addition to acting and playwriting, NWAAT emphasized community activism and became a cultural center for Asian Americans in Seattle; many of the plays they performed were directly targeted at expressing the painful history of discrimination Asian-Americans in America suffered after the Chinese Exclusion Act.
In the s and s, Asian-American theatre companies were founded with more diverse purposes and styles. Now, there are many Asian American theatre companies, located in 13 states, including Oregon and Texas. In New York City, alone, 12 theatre companies have slowly become more recognized and featured. American theatre in the s was dominated by popular Broadway shows that featured Asian characters and settings, and shows such as The King and I and Flower Drum Song provided employment to a number of " Oriental " actors.
However, many roles were blatantly stereotypical and racist and many major roles were cast with white actors with facial makeup resembling an "Oriental". The popularity of Asian themes in Broadway shows did not continue through the s, and "Oriental" actors found themselves unemployed in large numbers.
While they were out of work, they observed white actors getting cast in Asian roles. The term "Asian-American actor" emerged in the late s when the Asian American movement challenged the racist history of the label "Oriental. Huang's father went to his home after he was unable to get in contact with his son. Director Michelle Chong mourned Huang on social media following news of his death, writing: "Unbelievable. You will always be the first leading man in my life.
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