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    Reader comments on China: The Whole Enchilada

    Subject: PLEASE BOYCOTT
    Date: Apr 28, 2011
    Sender: offended taiwanese americanPrevious | Next

    First, I would suggest that DC Arts Center not rent their space to the Landless "Theater" Company, given their poor judgment and utter lack of cultural sensitivity.

    Second, I would ask DC Arts Center to forward this message to Landless "Theater" Company management and "actors" involved in the current production.

    Wouldn't there be a public uproar if this had been in blackface about African Americans and repeatedly used the "n word"?

    Having seen and enjoyed a previous Landless Theater production, I was actually looking forward to tonight's show and had invited friends.

    Now I wish I had seen it sooner so that I could have told all of DC to please boycott this crass and offensive "work."

    I was beyond disappointed and shocked by this "musical's" unabashed racism and condescension, not only to Chinese/Asians (in the US and around the world) but also by the exploitation of the mostly white audience's ignorance and cultural illiteracy.

    While making fun of immigrants speaking English as a second language, the "actors" were themselves unable to correctly pronounce any Chinese words, and the slideshow repeatedly projected multiple profanities (e.g., f***) in Chinese, which most of the ignorant/racist audience could not read. There was no apology for "chink" or "they're good at math." This was a play by judgmental racist white americans (lowercase intended) "discovery" of the "new sensation" who had not been previously aware of China's rich 5000-yr history.

    In addition to a full refund of the cost of my ticket, parking, and time, I would like to
    (a) meet in person with Landless Theater management and "actors" to understand their choice of this horribly offensive play; and, more importantly,
    (b) ask Landless "Theater" Company to send this "script" to national Asian American advocacy/media organizations and post online for public comment.
    (c) ask Landless "Theater" Company to donate ALL ticket sales from this racist/exploitative show to local organizations that actually try to help immigrants and/or fight hate crimes -- all of the money is tainted by the most egregious levels of white privilege and ignorance.

    Thank you.




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    Comment index:

  • Idiocy   from , Aug 19, 2008
  • Re: Idiocy   from Reese Thompson, Aug 20, 2008
  • » PLEASE BOYCOTT «   from offended taiwanese american, Apr 28, 2011
  • if any "chinese americans" enjoyed this show   from highly offended asian american, Apr 28, 2011
  • BY ALL MEANS, BOYCOTT   from BOYCOTT, Apr 28, 2011
  • Idiocy   from , Aug 19, 2008
  • Re: Idiocy   from Reese Thompson, Aug 20, 2008
  • » PLEASE BOYCOTT «   from offended taiwanese american, Apr 28, 2011
  • if any "chinese americans" enjoyed this show   from highly offended asian american, Apr 28, 2011
  • BY ALL MEANS, BOYCOTT   from BOYCOTT, Apr 28, 2011