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Try to imagine he’s Asian

Aussie director casts his white son in role of Chinese-Australian war hero


So you’re making a mini-series on the remarkable life of a Chinese man, who fought gallantly for the Australian forces at Gallipoli during the First World War, yet was consigned on his return home to a life of penury in a discriminatory society. When casting time comes around do you A) scour the nation for a Chinese actor suited to the role B) cast an actor of some other Asian descent in a feeble nod to verisimilitude C) give the role to your Caucasian son? If you’re Geoff Davis, the director of a three-part drama called the Legend of Billy Sing, you not only opt for C, you cast another white man in the role of Sing’s Chinese father. But, hey, says Davis, the last three men to play Robin Hood were born outside of England. Which would be relevant if Robin Hood were, say, an Englishman who fought gallantly for China in a bloody war.


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Try to imagine he’s Asian

  1. Having a Chinese Australian war hero in Billy Sing is a great story but how much more meaningful and historically accurate it would have been to have him played by an Asian or Eurasian and Billy's father should be played by a Chinese person. The significance of this story is that despite the White Australia Policy, many Chinese Australians served in the Australian Defence Forces.

  2. Davis claims that people are "attacking the driver from the back of the bus" – excuse me, but I don't think he owns that bus. There is no lack of white Australian heroes that his son could play; why hi-jack this story of an Australian Chinese?

  3. Well I have seen Jerry Lewis act as a Japanese man !