CAPAC Chair Criticizes ‘Mikado’ Production in Seattle

Jul 24, 2014 Issues: Civil Rights

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Judy Chu (CA-27) denounced the use of yellowface and exaggerated Asian stereotypes in the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s production of “The Mikado.” Congresswoman Chu released the following statement:

“I am disappointed by the lack of cultural sensitivity perpetuated by the ‘The Mikado’ production in Seattle. The blatantly racist elements in the production fuel stereotypes of Japanese culture that are both misleading and offensive. While I understand the jovial nature of a comic opera, the use of yellowface, outdated stereotypes, and names like ‘Titipu,’ ‘Yum-Yum,’ and ‘Pish-Tush’ are demeaning and inexcusable in this day and age.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.