As the foundational volume in the development of a new field of study, it includes essays by major voices in Asian Canadian Studies and Asian North American Theatre Studies, as well as some of Canada’s top theatre practitioners.The book offers essays that contextualize the development of Asian Canadian theatre, celebrate its founders, analyze some of its most significant achievements, theorize its work, and articulate its major contribution to Canadian theatre in the twenty-first century.
Contributors include Donald Goellnicht, Christine Kim, Ric Knowles, Christopher Lee, Esther Kim Lee, Daphne Lei, Siyuan Lui, Xiaoping Li, Jane Luk, Sean Metzger, Anne Nothof, Jane Park, Thy Phu, Jenna Rodgers, Shelley Scott, Karen Shimikawa, Eleanor Ty, Donald Woo, David Yee, and Jean Yoon.
Nina Lee Aquino is an award-winning director and dramaturge. She is the current Artistic Director of Factory Theatre. She is the editor of Canada’s first Asian-Canadian two-volume drama anthology Love + Relasianships and the co-editor of the award-winning New Essays on Canadian Theatre Volume One: Asian Canadian Theatre. Nina co-wrote Miss Orient(ed) and her monologues have been published in Beyond the Pale and She Speaks. Awards for her directorial work include: the Canada Council John Hirsch Prize 2008 and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Direction. She is an honorary member of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research.
Ric Knowles is a freelance dramaturge and University Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph. He is the award-winning author or editor of twenty books on theatre and performance, including Fundamentals of Directing, Judith Thompson, The Masks of Judith Thompson, "Ethnic," Multicultural, and Intercultural Theatre (with Ingrid Mündel), The Shakespeare’s Mine, Asian Canadian Theatre (with Nina Lee Aquino), Staging Coyote’s Dream (two volumes, with Monique Mojica), and Performing Indigeneity (with Yvette Nolan). He is also founding editor of the series Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English and New Essays on Canadian Theatre.