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Humanities Hour With Heidi Kim, ‘The Dark Side of the Flower Drum Song’
April 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song was a popular (though not critical) hit and started some of its Asian American stars on the road to lasting fame. However, its very contradictory story taps into a Cold War backdrop of paranoia about Communist infiltration and fraudulent immigration. This lecture will discuss the political context and difficult revision process of this musical.
Heidi Kim is a professor in the English and Comparative Literature department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kim earned her doctorate in English from Northwestern University.