Essay: The Masks of Minority Terrorism

When Actors' Equity briefly decided three weeks ago that the part of a Eurasian in the play Miss Saigon could not be taken by a European, its board members provided some of the best entertainment seen on Broadway recently. It was not just that they were asserting an Orwellian principle: All races are equal, but some are more equal than others. Nor even that they were threatening to deprive thousands of playgoers of a drama that promised to shed some light on precisely such cross-cultural nuances; nor even that they were more or less ensuring -- if the principle were to...

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