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Asian American Theater Conference and Festival returns to L.A. June 16-26

March 21, 2011 | 10:44 am

Tim DangEast West Players of Los Angeles and TeAda Productions of Santa Monica will host the third National Asian American Theater Conference and Festival in Los Angeles from June 16 to 26.

It will be L.A.'s second time hosting the gathering of scores of Asian American theater professionals. Los Angeles was home for the inaugural conference in 2006; the second conference, in 2008, was held in Minneapolis.

In planning this summer's event, organizers took a broad view of the term "Asian American," which over the years has evolved to include not only the historic core constituencies of Chinese Americans and Japanese Americans, but also artists of Korean, Vietnam, Cambodian, Indian, Hmong and Pacific Island heritage.

"We tried not to say, ‘You’re Asian, you’re not Asian,’ or, ‘You’re only half-Asian.’ If you self-identify as Asian, then we welcome you into our community," said Tim Dang, artistic director of East West Players.

To read more on the conference, click here.

-- Reed Johnson

Photo: Tim Dang, artistic director of East West Players. Credit: Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times