It was far from the first instance of yellowface casting in King and I 's history, dating all the way back to the original production in Let's take a look back at how the Asian theatrical community was able to make their voices heard and ultimately tell their own stories through modern productions of The King and I , including the thrilling Lincoln Center revival that recently opened to near-unanimous rave reviews. By today's standards, it's an odd casting choice and a difficult performance to watch, largely due to Harrison's reliance on Asian stereotypes in his interpretation of the character. And Harrison's performance doesn't stand alone — many of the supporting Asian characters are portrayed by Caucasian actors in yellowface.
“Flower Drum Song,” Whitewashing, and Operation Wetback: A Message from 1961
A History of Casting King and I — Cultural Evolution and Community Action | Playbill
Flower Drum Song was the eighth musical by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein. It premiered on Broadway in and was then performed in the West End and on tour. It was adapted for a musical film. After their extraordinary early successes, beginning with Oklahoma! Lee's novel focuses on a father, Wang Chi-yang, a wealthy refugee from China, who clings to traditional values in San Francisco 's Chinatown.
Ta: I will inform the Immigration Department that Dr. Li and his daughter have entered the country illegally. Sammy Coming back to Ta : Look, kid, this involves me. I might be deported with them! Madam Fong: Deported!
A young woman arrives in San Francisco's Chinatown from Hong Kong with the intention of marrying a rakish nightclub owner, unaware he is involved with one of his singers. Policeman : So where are you folks from? Policeman : Oh, New York, huh? Li : Further east. Sign In.