Opera Australia sparks criticism over traditional use of ‘yellowface,’ Chinese stereotypes in ‘Turandot’
- Vietnamese writer Cat-Thao Nguyen and her Chinese husband walked out of Opera Australia’s performance of “Turandot” during the first act after being appalled by its traditional use of “yellowface” as well as its racist and sexist stereotypes.
- “I felt utterly sick,” she wrote in an article for Sydney Morning Herald. “I clutched my husband and clamped my hand over my mouth. As the scenes unfolded, I felt a violent wilting of dignity for myself and my Chinese husband.”
- Equally disconcerting for Nguyen was that the predominantly white audience appeared to be quite comfortable with what they were watching.
- “Turandot,” completed in 1926, is set in ancient China, a country that its famed Italian composer Giacomo Puccini never visited.
Australia’s premier opera company is being called out for its traditional use of “yellowface” in its current performances of “Turandot.”
Cat-Thao Nguyen, a writer of Vietnamese origin, was so appalled with what she and her Canadian-Chinese husband saw in Opera Australia’s production that they walked out of the Sydney Opera House after the first act.
- British TV network Channel 5 has removed scenes containing the late Mickey Rooney's caricature depiction of a Japanese character in the 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
- Rooney, a white man, had his eyes taped, wore buck teeth and used an exaggerated accent to deliver one of the most notorious yellowface depictions ever put on film.
- Filmmaker Terry Gilliam, former star of “Monty Python,” criticized the move, alleging that it is “absurd and dangerous” to remove “characters from films that had already survived the critical eye of past official censors.”
- Before Rooney died in 2014, he said he “wouldn't have done it” if he knew people would be offended by the portrayal.
Scenes that show the late Mickey Rooney’s caricature depiction of a Japanese character in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” were recently scrubbed from a version released by Channel 5 in the UK.
The free-to-air television network, which currently airs Audrey Hepburn’s classic film via its streaming service My5, earned criticism after it decided to remove the scenes featuring the character of Mr. Yunioshi, Express reported.
Two students at Edinburgh University are being accused of wearing racist “yellow-face” makeup during a Chinese New Year-themed party last February.
The picture which has been circulating online features two Caucasian male students wearing chopsticks costumes, with Chinese characters printed on cardboard around their neck that reads: “hi,” “new year,” “suck my chopsticks,” and “I love hockey.” They also allegedly wore yellow face paint.
A woman on Instagram has been exposed for allegedly “Asian facing” and Twitter users are not having it.
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