Definition of yellowface in English:


Pronunciation /ˈyelōˌfās/ /ˈjɛloʊˌfeɪs/


  • Used to refer to the practice of wearing makeup to imitate the appearance of an East Asian person, typically as part of a performance. This practice is generally regarded as offensive.

    ‘that particular Chinese detective was invariably played by a white actor in yellowface’
    • ‘her yellowface makeup and broken speech caricature the Chinese culture she represents’


1950s from yellow + face, on the model of blackface.