I had a great time last week seeing the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Black is the New White, by indigenous playwright Nakkiah Lui. A comedy, it really dug into the thorny intersection of race, class and identity. As members of marginalised communities achieve social mobility and gain power, wealth and status, to what extent are we also gaining whiteness and losing aspects of our racial and cultural identity? Although the play was specifically about Aboriginal identity, so many aspects of it resonated strongly with me as an Asian-Australian. It was also one of the first performances in any medium I’ve seen that addresses passing as white in an Australian context (an issue that’s fairly close to my half-Chinese heart). The run in Melbourne is finished now, but if it pops up in your state you should absolutely go see it!
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