this is a repeat of the British Incident where they make a play about a story about an orphan in Ancient China and not hiring Chinese actors and the most insulting, thing is they put a picture of a young Chinese boy on the poster ads and print some ads in the Chinese Language
In Philadelphia, the Lantern Theater Company is currently wrapping up the run of its annual Shakespearean offering,The Tragedy of Julius Caesar. This time, they’ve put a twist on the great tragedy by changing up the Roman Republic and setting the play in medieval Japan. That’s great, except there isn’t a whole lot in this production that’s legitimately Japanese — most notably, a glaring lack of Japanese actors.
Dance theater artist (and actual Japanese person) Makoto Hirano saw the play, and it did not sit well with him. So he drafted a letter to the Lantern Theater Company outlining some “friendly unsolicited pointers” on How to Stage Your Show Without Being Super Racist. PROTIP: “DON’T say you were inspired by feudal Japan and then not cast any Japanese actors.” Seems like that should have been a big one.
Here’s Hirano’s full letter, hand-delivered to the Lantern staff last week:
From The Nightingale to The Orphan of Zhao, this seems to keep happening. Some theater companies just can’t help themselves with the cultural drag — boy, do they love it! — while consistently neglecting to include any actual Asian persons in their plays. Ironically, I can’t help but be reminded of my favorite line from Kill Bill, Vol. 1: “Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with samurai swords.” Silly indeed.
and they Wonder why Asian in Anglo-America are jetting to Asia for entertainment and Acting Jobs. I do encourage Asian actors to go to Asia to get acting jobs and launch their careers. if they return they should start their media, movie and entertainment companies and hire Asian north Americans who want to start their entertainment careers. don’t beg these racist pieces of shit for jobs.
and silence of the hypocrites outrage over the use of a blond girl to depict the fictional redhead Anne of Green Gables continues