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Category: Race
July 23, 2014 at 6:43 PM

‘The Mikado’: Producers of Seattle production need to respond better to outcry

After Sharon Pian Chan’s column, the defenders of the practice of yellow-face (white actors playing Asian characters with the aid of make-up, costumes and stereotypes) have leaped up in defense of Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s yellow-face production. Mike Storie and Gene Ma have written a guest editorial, defending this production, saying that “The Mikado”…

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Comments | More in Arts, Race | Topics: Gene Ma, Japanese, Ken Narasaki

July 19, 2014 at 4:03 PM

‘Mikado’: Many operas contains racial and cultural stereotypes

The column by Sharon Pian Chan taking umbrage at the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of the “The Mikado” is based on the racial stereotypes she found in it, and because of them she feels “The Mikado” should no longer be produced [“The yellowface of “The Mikado” in your face,” Opinion, July…

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Comments | More in Arts, Race | Topics: arts, Bagley Wright, Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society

July 16, 2014 at 7:04 PM

‘Mikado’ is great musical comedy

White actors play Japanese roles in the production of “The Mikado.”

I disagree greatly with columnist Sharon Pian Chan’s “Yellowface in your face” [Opinion, July 13] criticism of the current Gilbert and Sullivan production of “The Mikado” at the Bagley Wright. At last Saturday’s matinee performance, I sensed absolutely no disrespect for things Japanese, just like I have sensed no disrespect for things British in the themes that come up in other great Seattle Society Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.

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Comments | More in Arts, Race | Topics: Asian Americans, Bagley Wright, Gilbert and Sullivan

June 3, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Discrimination: Asking about one’s nationality is not microagression

In response to Megan Yeggy who commented about favoring people who are more like ourselves [“Favoring like people: Fix daily bias,” Northwest Voices, May 25], I agree there are many ways for discrimination to rear its ugly head. However, simply asking someone what his or her nationality is or where he or she is…

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Comments | More in Race | Topics: discrimination, ethnicity, race

May 25, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Favoring like people: Fix daily bias

In a recent column by Jerry Large [“We tend to discriminate by favoring familiar,” Local News, May 21], he discusses the new research that we tend to discriminate the most by simply favoring those who are the most familiar to us, with this negatively affecting already historically disadvantaged groups. This type of racial discrimination…

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Comments | More in Race | Topics: discrimination, Jerry Large, Megan Yeggy

May 12, 2014 at 6:02 AM

NBA owner’s remarks: Race is superficial

The stir about racist comments by former Clippers owner Don Sterling highlights the faulty thinking of people, generally, about that topic [“Attorney: 3rd party leaked recording of Sterling,” NBA, May 1]. The central error is the initial assumption that the word “race” refers to some specific, significant human characteristic or set of characteristics that…

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Comments | More in Race | Topics: Don Sterling, genetics, Lilia Torres

May 1, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Banned NBA owner: Others in the national spotlight behave hypocritically as well

I applaud syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts for his column shining light on the hypocrisy in how our culture deals with the utterances of Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy [“On race, meet dumb and dumberer,” Opinion, April 29]. It appears that Sterling’s bigotry was common knowledge in the NBA, but it took a very…

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Comments | More in Income inequality, Race | Topics: Cliven Bundy, Coca-Cola, Donald Sterling

April 22, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Obama’s race: Racial bias not common among conservative groups

Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. asked the rhetorical question, “What would it look like if race played no role in the treatment of president Obama?” ["Race and Obama news coverage," Opinion, April 20]. It’s a legitimate question I’d like to try to answer: As a politically active conservative (not synonymous with Republican), I’ve talked to…

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Comments | More in Race | Topics: conservatives, John Cartmell, Leonard Pitts Jr.

September 11, 2013 at 6:59 AM

The politics of race and hair at an Oklahoma school

Charter schools should be examined Lynne Varner’s recent column reminds us of the importance of culturally appropriate school policies and self-acceptance. [“The politics of a black girl’s dreadlocks at an Oklahoma school,” Opinion, Sept. 9.] However, when Varner states that “It is understandable why many black parents have trouble trusting and in turn investing in their…

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Comments | More in Education, Politics, Race | Topics: charter schools, education, hair

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