What various images of Asianness are presented in David Henry Hwang’s plays?
How does Hwang use the myth of the butterfly to dismantle a centuries-old belief in Asian submissiveness to Western dominance?
Consider how M. Butterfly deconstructs the sexual mythology of Orientalism.
Hwang suggests that gender, race, and nationality are constructed, not innate, identities. Discuss scenes from his plays that support this position.
Examine the role that music, from pop to opera, plays in Hwang’s works.