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yellowface

[ yel-oh-feys ]
/ ˈyɛl oʊˌfeɪs /
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noun
facial makeup used by a white, non-Asian actor or entertainer when portraying an East Asian: In Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, the role of Cio-Cio San was performed in yellowface.
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Origin of yellowface

First recorded in 1850–55; yellow (in the sense “Asian”) + face
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