Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast

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Ep 408: J. Elijah Cho in “Mr. Yunoishi” And The Problem of Yellow Face

Actor and writer J. Elijah Cho is performing his award-winning solo show “Mr. Yunioshi” from January 27-Feb 5 as part of the Solo Shows Festival of 2023 at the charming Sierra Madre Playhouse (Sierra Madre, CA). Cho portrays the late actor Mickey Rooney after he is cast to play a Japanese photographer in yellow face in the classic film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in 1961. It is both hilarious and thought-provoking to have an Asian American actor playing the White Rooney as he works out exactly how to portray this Japanese character.