Chinese Britons have put up with racism for too long
Many people are shocked to hear the extent of prejudice against the Chinese – is it so surprising when stereotypes still flourish?
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 11 January 2011
Going to drama school in London was a revelation; I was told I couldn't perform in a scene from a play because it had been written for white people. The scene was two girls sitting on a park bench talking about boys, and the year was 2006. Worse was when it came from my contemporaries; one (white, liberal, highly educated) helpfully suggested I did a monologue from The Good Soul of Szechuan instead, and another rushed up after one performance to tell me how delighted her parents had been that I'd spoken perfect English (I'm from Bradford).
Blackface in Berlin play just 'tradition'
Published: 6 Jan 12 17:58 CET
A popular Berlin theatre troupe has denied accusations that its adaptation of a Tony Award-winning play featuring a white man in blackface is racist, saying it's "tradition" for whites to play blacks in German theatre.
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“Many older black actors come from the music industry, and that wasn’t a fit for the play as it isn’t a musical,” Thomas Schendel, the director of "I'm Not Rappaport" told The Local. “When we couldn’t find an elderly black actor who fit the role and could speak with a perfect German accent, we opted for blackface make-up.”
But the decision to cast 76-year-old Joachim Bliese as the feisty character “Midge,” – an African-American who discusses racism and growing old with an elderly Jewish friend – has prompted a firestorm of criticism from those who have likened the play at the Schlosspark Theater to a minstrel show.
Tahir Della, a spokesman for the Initiative for Black Germans (ISD), which represents the black community in Germany, called Schendel’s explanation “idiotic.”
“There are more than enough black actors in Germany, especially in Berlin. Schendel is making excuses,” he told The Local.
And visitors to the theatre’s official Facebook page have flooded it with angry comments, calling the decision “racist” and “ignorant.”
Blackface or "blacking up" – painting a light-skinned person’s skin to appear black – was once commonplace. But in recent decades it has become associated with racist American theatre from the 19th and early 20th centuries that aimed to mock African-Americans.
Germans have come under particular criticism in recent years for being insensitive about the much-maligned tradition. Last year, for instance, a popular comedian sparked outrage when he posed as Barack Obama on a Berlin billboard while wearing blackface.
But theatre officials said they were shocked by the vitriol online, pointing out there had been a previous production of "I'm not Rappaport” at a different Berlin theatre with a white actor playing the part of Midge.
"(It) wasn’t met with a reaction like the one we’re facing now,” a Schlosspark Theater spokesman told The Local.
Schendel said he found the negative response to the play “saddening.” In an open letter on Facebook, he invited the play’s critics to attend its premiere on Saturday – nobody responded.
“In Germany blackface is part of a theatre tradition that was never intended to be racist,” Schendel told The Local. “I tried to make a play about racism and ended up being called a racist,” he lamented.
The play, said Schendel, will go on as scheduled.
Indonesian man seriously hurt in racial attack in Berlin
Berlin, Jan 9, IRNA -- A 23 year-old Indonesian man suffered life-threatening injuries in a xenophobic attack in Berlin over the weekend, according to media reports.
The unidentified victim was viciously assaulted by a group of men in the
pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning in Berlin's trendy Prenzlauer Berg district.
The assailants tried to provoke the victim by hurling racial slurs at him and
proceeded to beat up the victim as he was lying on the ground.
They kicked his head and nearly broke his neck in the racial attack.
The assailants managed to escape the scene of crime.
The victim was scheduled to undergo a surgery during the day.
Germany has time and again witnessed brutal racist and xenophobic attacks in
recent years as the center-right government of Chancellor Angela Merkel has
tried to downplay the seriousness of the problem.
Most of the racial assaults are committed by mostly young unemployed neo-Nazis
who live in what used to be formerly communist East Germany.
The German government has been under fire for not really cracking down on far-right violence which is aiming at mostly foreigners and leftist activists.
Alleged neo-Nazi attack in B.C. caught on video
Warning: violent content
CBC News Posted: Jan 5, 2012 5:25 PM PT Last Updated: Jan 6, 2012 4:05
CBC News has released a video showing a black Vancouver man being beaten by an alleged white supremacist who has since been charged in connection with a string of apparently racially motivated attacks.
A CBC News videographer happened upon an apparent road-rage incident while on duty on Vancouver’s West Side in December 2008.
The videographer, who has asked not be be named and has been subpoenaed to testify at an upcoming trial in connection with the assault, said he saw a Caucasian man beating Papi Ngoqo on a city street.
The faces of the two men are difficult to see because the incident took place at night and is brightly backlit by the glare of headlights.
But Ngoqo, believed to be of South African descent, is later clearly seen shaken and bleeding from the mouth as bystanders try to lend him aid.
The Crown accuses Shawn Donald Finlay MacDonald of a racially motivated assault.
When announcing the charges in December, police said they believe MacDonald, 39, and other men charged in separate attacks are members of a white supremacist group called Blood and Honour
Ethnic discrimination rife among employers: study
Published: 10 Jan 2012 05:43 GMT+1
Job seekers with Norwegian names stand a much better chance of securing employment than applicants with more unfamiliar names, a new report has shown.
Shame of the human safaris: Tourists pay for jungle drive which treats primitive tribe like zoo animals
Jarawa tribe first made contact with the outside world in the late 1990s
Now hundreds of visitors go to remote Andaman Islands to gawp at natives
They toss scraps of food to half-naked tribespeople and order them to dance
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