Yellow Jacket, The


The Yellow Jacket originally "opened on Broadway in 1912... during the era of Chinese exclusion from U.S. immigration in the early twentieth century. [The play] purportedly offered an authentic replication of Chinese drama [and] became heralded as an important and innovative American contribution to the development of modern theatre. [It] benefited from the convergence of contemporary anxieties about the lack of a strong American dramatic tradition vis-à-vis Europe and shifting conceptions of assimilable and unassimilable difference vis-à-vis China." This 1912 production featured performers in "yellowface."

--Ju Yon Kim, "Trying on The Yellow Jacket: Performing Chinese Exclusion and Assimilation," Theatre Journal 62 1 (March 2010), pp. 75-92.