Six Decades ago, 'Flower Drum Song' featured Hollywood's first Asian-American cast / by David Hwang

“It was probably the portrayal of Chinese Americans that more Americans saw than anything else.” 

A glamorous Hollywood film with a nearly all-Asian cast makes a splashy debut, telling the story of young Asians living in America who must overcome the meddling of family to be with their true loves. That describes the new Hollywood blockbuster “Crazy Rich Asians,” scheduled for release on Aug. 15, but nearly six decades ago it was also “Flower Drum Song.”

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