Flashback to the early days of Offender and Tony Award-winning writer David Henry Hwang’s career, where he dabbled in a little poetry and did a little play called F.O.B., which just happened to catapult him to national attention.

The poem was written after a visit to Angel Island in 1978. The program for F.O.B. is below, and was first produced in 1979 by the Stanford Asian American Theatre Project–now the fourth oldest Asian American theatre in the country. It’s a testament to the power of youth, which can create milestones for the Asian American community and build institutions that have lasted for 39 years.