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Bringing Down The Curtain On Yellowface

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San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson’s Nutcracker.

Erik Tomasson

It wouldn't be Christmas without "The Nutcracker." But would it be "The Nutcracker" without yellowface?

Some ballet companies have made changes to the ballet in recent years, updating the choreography, costuming and makeup to eliminate Asian stereotypes or caricatures. How should we present classic ballets and musicals with offensive or racist caricatures to today's diverse audiences?

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