Billed as the Keynote Speech to the ATCA/Philly conference, this talk by Diep Tran, associate editor of American Theater, is also the latest in the Perspectives in Criticism series that goes back to 1992 (scroll down for more on the series).
Thank you all. I feel incredibly honored to be standing here, at my first ATCA conference. And to be asked to address you, as an equal, even though judging from the rosters and resumes of the speakers who have come before me, including my former boss, American Theatre founder, Jim O’Quinn, I am the youngest person to have stepped into this podium, by far.
The way I was brought up, in a semi-traditional Vietnamese family, you don’t talk back to your elders and you especially don’t tell them what to do. So this is surreal for me!