Yellow is the New Blackface

1st Jun 2018, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Blackburne House

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The vivid phrase coined by American Actress Constance Wu, Yellowface, or the practice of blackface employed on Asians, will look at the whitewashing of East Asian stories on stage and screen.

This discussion will explore case studies of recent examples of whitewashing in Hollywood and yellowface on stage and screen in the UK.  The panel will look to draw up a list of recommendations that might be used by the media industries to create equality of representation of East Asian presence on UK stage and screen.

Panel includes

  • David Yip -Actor best known for The Chinese Detective, BBC
  • Dr Diana Yeh – Lecturer in Sociology, Culture and the Creative Industries, City University of London
  • Rosa Fong – Senior Lecturer in Film and Television, Edge Hill University

The event will be chaired by Film Producer, EHU Film/Television Professor, and ICE Associate Director, Roger Shannon.


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