As my kids get older, I've started to think more about the portrayal of Asians they see on television. In most of the stuff they watch, Asians are portrayed very little, if at all, and if they are they are portrayed in "exotic" mode. If Strawberry Shortcake has a Chinese friend visiting, of course she will have a panda in tow.
At least I don't yet have to explain whites portraying Asians to them. This issue came to mind because NPR had a bit this morning aboutYellowface, the new play by David Henry Hwang, author of the brilliant M. Butterfly. The play — which deals with the significance of cultural identity — sounds very interesting; I hope that it makes it to the West Coast some day.
In a similar vein, via Racialicious, I caught Asian Week's 25 most infamous Yellowface performances, including the second part. John Wayne as Genghis Khan was too campy to make Number One, in case you were wondering.
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