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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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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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