his paper examines the interplay of ethnicity, politics, and multiculturalism in “12-1-A" written by Asian American playwright Wakako Yamauchi and “Back of the Throat" written by Arab American playwright Yussef El Guindi. The two plays are written with the backdrop of the 1940s Japanese American internment and the 9/11 events respectively, and theatriclaize the traumatic experiences of Asian and Arab Americans after these (trans)national crises. Multiculturalism, which is traditionally understood as a flag of equality and diversity, is questioned as whether it is eliminating white hegemony or delineating power structure among various ethnicities in the U.S. The research tries to answer questions related to diversity, marginalization, transnationalism, and the interplay of the political and the personal in the selected plays