Dark comedy on skin whitening explores discrimination among Asians

Actresses Jody Doo, Diana Huey, Resa Mishina, and Shanta Parasuraman in the Washington production of White Pearl at the Studio Theatre.
Actresses Jody Doo, Diana Huey, Resa Mishina, and Shanta Parasuraman in the Washington production of White Pearl at the Studio Theatre.PHOTO: TERESA WOOD
Playwright Anchuli Felicia King hopes her comedy White Pearl will shine a light on how Asian cultures are not a monolith.
Playwright Anchuli Felicia King hopes her comedy White Pearl will shine a light on how Asian cultures are not a monolith. PHOTO: BRYNNE MCMANIMIE

WASHINGTON - Fictional cosmetics start-up Clearday, set in Singapore, is in trouble.

A draft of their very racist advertisement for their upcoming skin-whitening cream has leaked online and is going viral, threatening to bring down the entire company and forcing the all-female team to do damage control.

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