Last Wednesday, one London-based composer accused the production of “yellow washing”, explaining on Twitter: “It’s like blackface, but applied to East and South-East Asian characters [EASA]. It’s offensive and dehumanising for ESEA people. Opera folks, please learn about this and do better.”
Julian Chou-Lambert added that it was “not good enough” that out of six lead Chinese roles, just one is of ESEA descent.
He went on to say, “I don’t see any ESEA heritage people in the backstage/creative team” even though it is an opera set in China.
And the stage hands have to be Chinee too?
What’s really glorious about this is that they’d be happy if there were a couple of Thais, a Japanee and a Nepali in this. Which, to Chinese eyes would be more racist than just using whites. Because it would be saying that anyone sallow with slightly slitty eyes counts……which is in fact pretty racist.