RSC racist casting: James Fenton’s remake of the The Orphan of Zhao, East Asians are cast as maid and non-humans

White Producers and Entertainers continuing their  war against East Asians.

another day another case of white entertainers resorting to racist casting of hiring white actors to portray East Asians . in the casting 2 asians are cast as ghost/demons and one as a maid.  these racist pieces of shit also insult the Chinese community by putting out a poster with a picture of a Chinese Boy(can you say deceptive advertising?) the racist fucks at RSC continue to insult the East Asian community by having a page about this crap in the  Chinese language.  The racist fucks want east Asian/Chinese  money not their acting talents, and why the hell those East Asian actors  selling out participating in this dehumanizing play instead of protesting this racist casting?

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At the end of the month The RSC will be staging an adaptation of The Orphan of Zhao.

This is a Chinese classic from the Yuan period thought to have been penned by the 13th century writer Ji Junxiang (紀君祥). Not much known about Ji Junxiang. He was born in present day Beijing and wrote six plays. Only one of his works has survived and that is  Yuanbao yuan Zhao shi gu’er – The (great) Revenge of the orphan Zhao ca. 1330  (趙氏孤兒大報仇). This was the first  zaju, (Chinese: “mixed drama or play”) to have been translated into the western tongue.

This was one of the major Chinese dramatic forms. Originating as a short variety play from Northern China during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) and during the Yuan dynasty (1206–1368) it developed into a mature four-act dramatic form, in which songs alternate with dialogue.

The fact that the RSC are producing such a work should for the BAME (Black Asian Minority Ethnic) community cause for celebration – so why are not more of us hip, hip hooraying?
Company
Matthew Aubrey – Ti Miming
Adam Burton – The Assassin
Joe Dixon – Tu’an Gu
Jake Fairbrother – Cheng Bo
Lloyd Hutchinson – Han Jue
Youssef Kerkour – Captain of the Guard
Chris Lew Kum Hoi – Ghost of Dr Cheng’s Son/Demon Mastiff
Siu Hun Li – Demon Mastiff/Guard
Patrick Romer – Gongsun
James Tucker – Zhao Dun
Graham Turner – Dr Cheng
Stephen Ventura – Emperor Ling
Philip Whitchurch – Wei Jang
Lucy Briggs-Owen – The Princess
Nia Gwynne – Dr Cheng’s Wife
Susan Momoko Hingley – Princess’ Maid
Joan Iyiola – Demon Mastiff
Out of a cast size of 17 only 3 BEA (British East Asian) have been cast. The three actors that have been cast in the production should be exceedingly proud of their achievement.
But only 3 out of a potential 17!. There are approximately 75 BEA actors and 82 BEA actress all of varying experience, training and expertise. You cannot tell me that from this pool the RSC could not have found at least two major male and female roles for the production?
If this was an adaptation of Liongo I doubt very much whether the Black Afro-Caribbean acting community would idly stand by as the major or pivotal roles were taken by Caucasian actors. I doubt very much whether the RSC when casting such a venture would ever dream of not casting black actors in such a production. So why then should we be any different? Why are the British-Chinese/East Asian not afford the same cultural, ethnic and racial considerations as our fellow Black Afro-Carribean and South Asian colleagues?
Are we so little thought of us? Are we that invisible and inconsequential to the society and the country of which we are citizens?
Yet our culture, our writing our art take pride of place in institutions around the UK. It is almost Pythonesque …

And what have the Chinese ever given us in return?

Row -planting

Oh yeah, yeah they gave us that. Yeah. That’s true.

And The Compass

Oh yes… the compass, Reg, you remember what navigating around used to be like.

All right, I’ll grant you that Row -planting and the compass are two things that the Chinese have done…

And the seed drill…

(sharply) Well yes obviously the seed drill… the compass go without saying. But apart from the row-planting, the compass and the seed drill…

Iron Ploughs, Ships rudder

Harness for horses, Gunpowder, Porcelain, Toilet paper, Print – moveable type

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The news that the revered Royal Shakespeare Company has not only given a measly three out of 17 roles in their production of the Chinese classic, The Orphan of Zhao, to Asian actors, but that these parts are for two dogs and a maid, has quite gasted my flabber. None of the main roles are played by Asians.[EDIT: two of the three asians and one black actor are working ONE puppet dog.]

We’ve been rowing about this for months alongside Anglo-Chinese actor and Equity BAME representative Daniel York who is leading the charge. [Edit: Daniel says the third out of three demon dogs is a black actor while all the main roles are white. WTF with the non-white non-human depictions?] His attempts to elicit a grown-up response from the RSC and the Arts Council have so far resulted in a condescending brush-off and a reprimand from the powers-that-be.

Yes, cross-racial casting is a wonderful idea— the problem is that it’s all one-way traffic. What happened to diversity? Note the use of a Chinese kid in their promo material (above). If they actually had the courage of their questionable conviction, they’d surely have illustrated their wares with one of their leading actors. Instead, they lack the smarts to understand why courting Chinese audiences is going down like a cup of cold sick. They want our money but not us, and certainly not our involvement as equals in this Vale of Tears.

It’s a shame that writer James Fenton, who has an impressive track-record as a progressive, has allowed the casting of his adaptation to be done along such colonialist lines. I always thought he was an anti-imperialist and all that entails.

I doubt we’d see the pillars of the culture pulling these stunts with the African-Caribbean or south Asian communities because they know they’d be exposed as something akin to white supremacists perpetuating dominance of the culture instead of using public funds to advance our consciousness beyond its current sorry state and represent everyone fairly.

Boycott racist piece of shit James Fenton

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anybody in the comment section defending this or any other similar racist, dehumanizing and insulting incident will be blocked and post deleted

3 thoughts on “RSC racist casting: James Fenton’s remake of the The Orphan of Zhao, East Asians are cast as maid and non-humans

  1. I do believe all of the ideas you have presented to your post. They’re very convincing and can certainly work. Still, the posts are very quick for starters. Could you please prolong them a little from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

  2. You have so much hate inside you! I fell pity for you, that you live with so much unhappiness. You shouldn’t feel so insulted when a non-asian isn’t casted, it doesn’t violate any human rights, it’s the directors preference and choice, just like how some chinese girls like you have preference not to date white guys. Did it occur to you that he might be exactly like you? Maybe a chinese cheated him or pissed him off so much that he has dislike for the chinese, just like you do for his race. Then he is no different from you, and the cycle of hate continues. I know that most caucasian people I’ve met in my life are the nicest and most giving people, I say this as I live with 4 chinese who I consider friends. Most of my friends are non white, but if they were like you filled with disgusting hate, then I would probably hate chinese too. The point here is that you need to get out of your egocentric tiny world where you’re locked up incise your room and meet people in the world so that you can eliminate your racist beliefs – they don’t contribute positively to the world and they don’t promote unity. You have similar belief to pre-world war 2 Japanese.

    “From December 13th, 1937 to January 1938 (a six week period) Imperial Japanese soldiers murdered and raped hundreds of thousands of unarmed Chinese citizens. This incident had become known as the Rape of Nanking. They killed men on sight, by stabbing, mutilating, or beating them to death. These kills went towards massacre contests which dozens of soldiers participated in.

    The International Military Tribunal for the Far East estimated that 20,000 women were raped, including infants and the elderly. A large portion of these rapes were systematized in a process where soldiers would search door-to-door for young girls, with many women taken captive and gang raped. The women were often killed immediately after being raped, often through explicit mutilation or by stabbing a bayonet, long stick of bamboo, or other objects into the vagina. Young children were not exempt from these atrocities, and were cut open to allow Japanese soldiers to rape them.”

    Don’t try to convince the world that what you experience as “racism” through film casting is racism. What I quoted above is real racism, at the hands of the Japanese. Is that your race? I won’t be niave and generalize that all asians are bad like that, so how can you generalize about all whites? shows how less you are in understanding, so young and naive. When you die, you still have deep hate inside you, but I hope you can make some friends that can teach you love, go to a white electronic music festival where people will accept you and love you unconditionally, you won’t experience that type of love from any other race.

    • 1. I am a black man not a Chinese girl

      2. casting white actors in none white rules is a racist practice dating from the days of black face 100-150 years ago. Asian Americans can barely get acting roles in racist hollywood. if you read my past postings you will see i call for going to Asia for good acting roles and use the money they earn to come back and set up their own movie and media companies instead of begging racist hollywood for jobs

      you same hypocrite was crying racist when they cast a black actor to play Heimdall a Norse god in Avengers and whining about a blonde girl choose to represent Anne of Green Gables a redhead girl in the original story

      3. you racist hypocrites like to whine that non-white are filled with hate when they speak of racism they experience from the likes of you are your ilk. but are the first ones to scream “anti-white racism”

      4.this post is not about Japanese racism. stop deflecting

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