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August 4, 2014 at 6:04 AM

‘The Mikado’: Gilbert and Sullivan gave me the courage to enter a mixed-race marriage

Actress Alexa Jarvis in the role of Yum-Yum in the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s “The Mikado” (Photo by Ray Welch / Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society)

I am utterly amazed that the tempest in a teapot controversy about “The Mikado” appearing in the pages of The Seattle Times over the past few weeks completely misses the major theme of “The Mikado” and, in fact, all of Gilbert and Sullivan’s work ["Making ‘The Mikado’ without Asian stereotypes," Opinion, July 27].

That theme is a strong call to question authority and honor egalitarianism, especially in matters of the heart. The protagonists in Gilbert and Sullivan operas are mixed couples, in terms of class, but that could just as easily be religion or race. They have impediments to their relationships imposed on them by authority figures and bizarre laws. In the end, the couples and the authority figures find ways around the repressive taboos so the couples can be together.

I grew up listening to Gilbert and Sullivan. I must give them some


Comments | More in Arts, Race | Topics: Gilbert and Sullivan, John Ullman, 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”…


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

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…


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

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…


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

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…


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

July 31, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Self-policing as a person of color

Column not relevant to Zimmerman While I thank Professor Bryan Adamson for his brief autobiographical history of race relations in our country, he misses the point of the Zimmerman verdict. [“Guest column: The racial self-policing that African-American men already do,” Opinion, July 30.] His experiences as a black man growing up in America likely ring true…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: ACLU, bryan adamson, george zimmerman

July 31, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Self-policing as a person of color

Columnist ignored real problem I agree with everything Professor Adamson wrote about self-policing by nonwhites. [“Guest column: The racial self-policing that African-American men already do,” Opinion, July 30.] However, his column was comparable to complaining about being uncomfortable because of being overweight, but ignoring the real problem by thinking of yourself as the thin man. Black and…


Comments | More in Politics | Topics: media, profiling, race

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