The Art of Diversity

Hyphenated-Americans can be found along the cutting edge of all the arts

Culture in America is likely to be spelled these days with a hyphen. Watch it on TV. There's Cuban-American singing star Gloria Estefan in a music video on MTV Latino. See it at the cinema. The film version of The Joy Luck Club, based on the popular novel by Chinese-American author Amy Tan, could be playing nearby. Theater? There's the modern-dance show Griot New York, directed by Jamaican-American choreographer Garth Fagan. Poetry? Buy a book of verse by St. Lucian-born, Nobel-prizewinning poet Derek Walcott, who teaches at Boston University. Painting? New York's Asia Society is holding a show that tours the...

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