Matt Damon plays European mercenary William Garin in Zhang Yimou’s ‘The Great Wall’, a casting choice that has sparked criticism about ‘whitewashing’. Photo: TNS

London storm turns spotlight on ‘whitewashing’ in film and theatre

Jingan Young says the practice of casting Caucasian actors in East Asian roles and criticism of it go back a long way, but recent events prove ‘yellowface’ is far from history

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Matt Damon plays European mercenary William Garin in Zhang Yimou’s ‘The Great Wall’, a casting choice that has sparked criticism about ‘whitewashing’. Photo: TNS
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