APA GROWTH IN THE '80S
APA THEATER IN THE '80S
On the stage, David Henry Hwang's play M. Butterfly was the first Asian-American play to appear on Broadway. Other successful Asian playwrights followed, including Philip Kan Gotanda and Velina Hasu Houston. New APA theaters were founded too, including Cold Tofu Arts and Entertainment/Theatre inLos Angeles, New York's Ma-Yi Theater Company and National Asian American Theatre Company, and the Asian Story Theater in San Diego.
ASIAN HOLLYWOOD IN THE '80S
Whilst in Hollywood most Asian males were invariably cast as fortune-cookie mystics and ninjas, a new stereotype emerged for younger Asian males; the studious, awkward and almost always heavily-accented Asian nerd (e.g. Long Duck Dong, Data Wang, Toshiro Takashi, Vinh Kelly, &c). One notable exception to the young Asian nerd stereotype in Hollywood is Dustin Nguyen as Harry Truman Ioki on 21 Jump Street. In 1987, Pat Morita stars on the TV show Ohara, the third series with an Asian lead.
APA CINEMA IN THE '80S
Asian American media arts organizations including Los Angeles' Visual Communications and New York's Asian CineVision began producing Asian American works.
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