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May 22, 1988 | EDMUND NEWTON, Times Staff Writer
David Henry Hwang is a playwright whose work is consumed by the spooky misconceptions that people have of each other. Racial stereotypes, sexist distortions, colossal international misuderstandings--all of these show up in Hwang's sharply chiseled works, which have made him one of the most praised playwrights in America. Here, then, is a young man whose ideas were shaped in the harsh crucible of the Big City, right? Wrong. The 30-year-old dramatist--whose current Broadway production, "M.
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February 9, 2013 | By David Ng, Los Angeles Times
David Henry Hwang knows firsthand about the difficulties Westerners can face while doing business in China. His latest play, "Chinglish," a comedy that opened on Broadway in 2011 and is now having its local premiere at South Coast Repertory through Feb. 24, tells the story of an inexperienced American businessman who owns a sign company and his attempts to navigate the country's mix of free-for-all capitalism and Communist Party politics. FOR THE RECORD: David Henry Hwang: An article about playwright David Henry Hwang in the Feb. 9 Calendar section said that his latest play, "Chinglish," tells the story of an inexperienced American businessman who owns a sign company and his attempts to navigate China's mix of free-for-all capitalism and Community Party politics.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1989
The controversy over Mayor Tom Bradley's business ties with Far East National Bank may be costing the mayor plenty in investigations and unwelcome press, but Far East says all the publicity is like money in the bank. In a press release announcing "record earnings" for the first six months of the year, Far East Chairman Henry Hwang says "business is better than ever. All the unsolicited publicity from the press has not affected our business at all."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Words aren't the only thing that gets lost in translation in "Chinglish," David Henry Hwang's tangy cross-cultural comedy of ideas set in the Chinese city of Guiyang. Manners and mores are equally susceptible to misinterpretation when an American businessman with a checkered past tries to redeem himself and his family's sign-making business by dog paddling into the "greatest pool of untapped consumers history has ever known. " The play, which had a modest run on Broadway last season and is now at South Coast Repertory in a tiptop co-production with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, was underappreciated in New York.
NEWS
September 14, 1989
HAHN, in a commentary attached to his report on Bradley: The most serious allegations against the mayor, within the prosecutorial purview of the city attorney's office, involve his employment as a paid adviser to Far East National Bank and his communications with other subordinate city officials concerning public monies deposited in Far East National Bank. While insufficient evidence of violations of law on the part of the mayor was found, these allegations remain most troubling. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1989 | JOEL SAPPELL, Times Staff Writer
The city attorney's report on Tom Bradley revealed that the mayor had memory lapses on crucial matters being explored by investigators and that some key documents on his dealings with a bank that hired him as an adviser were "missing" from his office files. Moreover, in his televised speech Wednesday night, Bradley seemed to contradict earlier statements about his reasons for resigning as Far East National Bank's only paid adviser and returning the $18,000 he had been paid.
NEWS
April 29, 1989 | BILL BOYARSKY, Times City-County Bureau Chief
Henry Hwang did not want to talk about Tom Bradley. He talked about how he believes the press has given him "a negative image" since his small Far East National Bank surfaced in the news as having paid the mayor $18,000 for serving on the bank's Board of Advisers. He talked about how the publicity had damaged his plans to run for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. "If people can make so big a thing out of nothing, then how can a guy like me, who wants to run for public office, ever escape this?"
NEWS
September 14, 1989 | TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writer
Sometime around Christmas of 1987, Mayor Tom Bradley traveled the few blocks from his City Hall office to the new headquarters of Far East National Bank in Chinatown. He only spent 15 or 20 minutes there, chatting with bank Chairman Henry Hwang, meeting a few staff members and looking over the new building.
NEWS
September 19, 1989 | TRACY WOOD and RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writers
Mayor Tom Bradley and Far East National Bank Chairman Henry Hwang, in sworn statements to city auditors, delivered conflicting recollections of a telephone call that has become central to the conflict-of-interest allegations against the mayor, a city controller's audit disclosed Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1989 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury investigating Mayor Tom Bradley's financial dealings has begun taking testimony, questioning City Treasurer Leonard Rittenberg and a top aide about the mayor's involvement with $3 million in city deposits with a bank that employed the mayor as an adviser. Rittenberg and city investment officer George Sehlmeyer each testified for several hours on Nov.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
David Henry Hwang has received the $200,000 Steinberg Award for playwriting, the largest monetary prize in American theater. The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust cited Hwang's 32-year career writing satires and dramas that brought Asian and Asian American characters to Broadway and other stages, including his breakout hit, "M. Butterfly. " Hwang, 55, told the New York Times that the award affords him the luxury to focus on stage work rather than pursuing (perhaps more lucrative)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2011 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
David Henry Hwang's new Broadway comedy, "Chinglish," makes bright, mischievous sport of the language barrier that separates an American businessman from the Chinese authorities who hold the keys to a vast new market. The idea for the play was inspired by Hwang's own visits to China, where he was forced to rely on translators. A few Mandarin courses in college along with some work with private tutors weren't enough to exempt the playwright, a first-generation Chinese American, from the farcical limbo of being lost in translation.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2007 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
A writer pursues truth by any means necessary. Spinning real life into fiction -- in essence, lying with artistic intent -- is one of the oldest methods for accessing the complicated hidden meanings beneath reality's often misleading veneer.
OPINION
May 21, 2007 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
IT SOUNDED LIKE a desperate groan, or maybe it was a guttural, exasperated "Oh, please." But near the finale of a preview performance of David Henry Hwang's new play, "Yellow Face," which opened Sunday night at the Mark Taper Forum, an unidentified female audience member -- was she Anglo? Asian? -- made known her displeasure with one of the protagonist's closing lines. The offending words? They were relatively straightforward, if not utopian.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2006 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
It has taken a few years, but the Philip Glass opera "The Sound of a Voice" has made its logical westward migration to the Pacific Rim. Premiered in 2003 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., this operatic double-header is based on two one-act plays from the early '80s -- "Sound of a Voice" and "Hotel of Dreams" -- by Los Angeles-born playwright David Henry Hwang, inspired by Japanese cinema and dealing with old and new Japan, though in decidedly poetic terms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2005 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Henry Y. Hwang, a Shanghai immigrant who founded the first federally chartered Chinese American bank, died Saturday at his San Marino home. He was 77. The cause was colon cancer, said his son, playwright David Henry Hwang. Hwang launched Far East National Bank in Chinatown in 1974 with $1.5 million in capital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1989 | GLENN F. BUNTING, Times Staff Writer
When Henry Hwang filed papers in Sacramento last month declaring his intent to run for California lieutenant governor in 1990, the flamboyant Republican banker was counting on quickly raising $1 million in political contributions and using his name recognition in the Asian community to bolster his first try for public office. Soliciting large sums of money would pose no problem for Hwang, the wealthy 61-year-old founder and chairman of Far East National Bank who was thrust into the news recently because of his bank's association with Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1989 | TRACY WOOD and ROBERT W. WELKOS, Times Staff Writers
For four days last week, the Los Angeles City Council's Finance and Revenue Committee heard riveting but often conflicting testimony about the city's dealings with Far East National Bank, which paid Mayor Tom Bradley in consultant fees. At issue was how the city came to deposit $2 million with the Chinatown bank last March, a deposit which has become central to one of several lines of inquiry into Mayor Bradley and his personal finances.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2001 | DIANE HAITHMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's about a week before preview performances will begin, but David Henry Hwang is sitting in the dark in downtown's Mark Taper Forum, scribbling yet another new line of dialogue on a yellow legal pad at a technical rehearsal for "Flower Drum Song"--the playwright's radically new take on the 1958 Rodgers & Hammerstein musical that opens tonight at the Taper.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2001 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, Times Staff Writer
Back when "Chinatown" was making L.A. look heinous in a glamorous sort of way, and "Billy, Don't Be a Hero" oozed from every radio, a San Gabriel High School junior named David Henry Hwang was tearing it up on the debate team. Hwang's debating skills got him recruited as a senior by Harvard School (now Harvard-Westlake), the Coldwater Canyon preparatory institution known for SAT scores that do a parent proud. He graduated in 1975. And he has honed his debating skills ever since.
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