The Department of Modern Languages invites you to attend The Great American Whitewash: How Hollywood Erases Asian Faces...and What We Can Do About It, a talk with playwright and Professor Prince Gomolvilas.
Hollywood has gotten into the nasty habit lately of taking Asian and Asian-American stories and turning them into films starring Caucasians. The troubling practice of "yellowface" is mostly out of fashion, but "whitewashing" is alive and well and particularly insidious because the general public can't instantly tell that something is wrong. From 21 to The Last Airbender to the proposed live-action adaptation of Akira, this presentation will sort through the mess and propose corrective measures before it's too late.
Prince Gomolvilas is a Thai-American playwright. His plays include Big Hunk o’ Burnin’ Love, The Theory of Everything, and the stage adaptation of the Scott Heim novel, Mysterious Skin, which have been produced around United States, as well as in the U.K., Singapore, and Canada. He received the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama. He is an Assistant Professor of Writing and the Associate Director of the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.
Talk sponsored by The Department of Modern Languages, Whittier College Writing Program, and Office of First Year Programs, and is partially supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.