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Madame Butterfly By David Henry Hwang

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Madame Butterfly by David Henry Hwang is a play based on a strange but true story of a French diplomat, Gallimard, who had a twenty-year affair with a Chinese actor and opera singer, Song, not realizing that his partner was in fact a man masked as a woman. Gallimard, the diplomat, apparently became aware of the deception at the end of the play when he was charged by the French government that his companion, had been an agent for the Chinese government, and had passed on sensitive information that Song had acquired from Gallimard. Song, with the skills he had as a Chinese opera actor, managed to stay behind the truth for 20 years. Song, a well trained spy who disguised himself into a face and a voice of a charming woman, made Gallimard fall in loved with her thinking that she was the perfect woman for 20 years. "For I, Rene Gallimard, you see, I known and been loved by … the perfect woman."(20) With his natural ability as a Chinese opera actor, he disguised himself with a kind of high female voice, a tender face by make up and dresses in woman form. "And every time I come here, you're wearing a dress, : It's a … disguise, Miss Chin"(48) He works for the Chinese embassy as a undercover, with a mission to stay close with Gallimard, the French diplomat working for the Germans who had sensitive documents that the Chinese was interested in. "Remember: when working for the Great Proletarian State, you represent our Chairman Mao in every position you take"(48) With the trust that Gallimard had in Song, he photographed these sensitive document for Song without questioning, from there, Song...

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