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Cho, Margaret (b. 1968)  
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These attempts to make her fit within preconceived categories has fueled her protests against demands for ethnic authenticity and against arbitrary standards of beauty and body image.

After the cancellation of All-American Girl, Cho was almost destroyed by a bout of alcohol and drug addiction. But she resumed her stand-up comedy career and appeared in several films, the most notable of which was Randall Kleiser's poignant It's My Party (1996), where she plays the best friend of a gay architect suffering from AIDS.

Frustrated by the paucity of good film and stage roles being offered her, Cho wrote her own one-woman show and scored a triumph. I'm the One that I Want (1999) addresses critical issues of race, gender, sexuality, AIDS, and drug and alcohol addiction even as it showcases her comedy. The show toured the country, attracting a diverse audience. It was subsequently released as an independent film.

Notorious C.H.O. (2002), her second one-woman show, has also been successful both in the theater and on screen. Somewhat edgier and raunchier than her previous show, Notorious C.H.O. puts a distinctively female spin on machismo.

In 2003, Cho embarked on her third sold-out national tour, Revolution. The CD of Revolution, released in the fall of 2003, was nominated for a Grammy for best comedy album of the year. The concert film Revolution premiered on Sundance Channel in June 2004 and was released on DVD in August.

Cho's most topical work to date is her show State of Emergency (2004), designed to motivate people to vote in the 2004 Presidential election.

Cho is the proud recipient of the first Golden Gate Award, given by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Discrimination (GLAAD), a distinction she shares with Elton John and Elizabeth Taylor. The citation recognizes her as "an entertainment pioneer who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."

Miguel A. Segovia

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Cho, Margaret. I'm the One that I Want. New York: Ballantine Books, 2001.

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Gan, Geraldine. Lives of Notable Asian Americans: Arts, Entertainment, Sports. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1995. 103-112.


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    Entry Title: Cho, Margaret  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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