” I felt pretty good growing up. I didn’t feel a lot of prejudice or racism. But I do remember, if there was going to be a movie or a television show with Asian characters, I would go out of my way to avoid them, because they portrayed all Asians as either ridiculously good or ridiculously bad, you know, the whole Charlie Chan-Fu Manchu thing. “


” You can’t be a playwright without believing there’s an audience for adventurous work. “


” There’s something about China and its rush to capitalism that I find confusing. At the same time, we live in an America where capitalists oppose any government interference with free markets, while in China you have a very controlled, state-planned market where economic growth is better than ours. “


” You aren’t allowed to ask at auditions, legally, a person’s race. “


” Even if you’re lucky to have a play on Broadway like ‘Chinglish,’ you don’t necessarily earn enough off it to support the years it takes to get there. “


” With a musical, you kind of have to do a mind-meld with the book-writer, the lyricist, the composer, the director – sometimes the producer. I think that’s a reason why musicals are the hardest form. “


” There was all this talk when Obama got elected about how we were living in a postracial world. But we’re not. Until we get to the point where James Earl Jones can play, say, George Washington, race matters. You wouldn’t put a white actor in blackface to play Othello. You shouldn’t have a white actor in what amounts to yellowface to play Asian. “


” For a long time, it was hard for me to get my work done in Chicago. Silk Road gave me opportunities to do shows like ‘Golden Child’ – shows that nobody else seemed interested in. And they bring an artistic integrity to the work that matches anything you’ll find at a bigger theatre. “


” We all deal with failure. If you’re lucky to have a long career, it’s part of the experience. “


” I define the American dream as the ability to imagine a way that you want your life to turn out, and have a reasonable hope that you can achieve that. “


” My father has always been interested in discarding the past. He’s never much liked China or the whole idea behind China or Chinese ways of thinking. He’s always been much more attracted to American ways of thinking. He feels Americans are more open – they tell you what they think – and he’s very much that way himself. “


” Chinese culture in general is not very religious. Confucianism is more a code of ethics than a religion, and ancestor worship is a way for parents to control you even after they’re dead. “



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With a musical, you kind of have to do a mind-meld with the book-writer, the lyricist, the composer, the director - sometimes the producer. I think that
There was all this talk when Obama got elected about how we were living in a postracial world. But we
For a long time, it was hard for me to get my work done in Chicago. Silk Road gave me opportunities to do shows like
We all deal with failure. If you
I define the American dream as the ability to imagine a way that you want your life to turn out, and have a reasonable hope that you can achieve that.
My father has always been interested in discarding the past. He
Chinese culture in general is not very religious. Confucianism is more a code of ethics than a religion, and ancestor worship is a way for parents to control you even after they

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