'The Mikado' presented by Metro Theatre, Vancouver, in 2014.
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'The Mikado' presented by Metro Theatre, Vancouver, in 2014.
Credit: Flickr Photo/Metro Theatre Vancouver (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The Racial Undertones Of 'The Mikado'

Jeannie Yandel talks to Josephine Lee, English and Asian American studies professor at the University of Minnesota, about the checkered history of the Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado."

Lee wrote the book "The Japan Of Pure Invention: The Racial History Of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado."