>"The Legend of Billy Sing" is becoming something else entirely


Yuey at Asians Down Under and Eurasian Sensation have both written eloquently and passionately about the ‘whiting out’ of Billy Sing in Geoff Davis’ new miniseries.

I’m actually in the midst of a post about some other stuff (with real content, I promise!), but I can’t resist on-posting the item below. I found it on one of my alert lists.

Did you know that “whiting out” Billy Sing was not usually a sum chronological falsification? Then read on…


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Gallipoli TV casting prompts row

May 9, 2010 by: admin

There has been an indignant greeting in Australia after radio producers expel a Caucasian male in the purpose of a Chinese-Australian fight hero.

Billy Sing was a favourite of the Gallipoli debate in World War I, but a TV fool around has him expel as a white man.

The producers contend they could not find a 60-year-old Chinese actress to fool around Billy Sing’s father, so both tools will be played by white actors.

They have been indicted of re-writing Australian history.

Billy Sing was well known as the “Gallipoli assassin”, the son of a Chinese male and English woman, who became a favourite of the Australian forces during World War I by murdering some-more than 200 rivalry troops.

The target of a Distinguished Conduct medal, his mental recall is loving inside of the Chinese-Australian community.

That’s because there’s been such an indignant greeting to the preference of the producers of the radio mini-series, The Legend of Billy Sing, to expel a white male in the lead.

The director, Geoff Davis, essentially picked his son, Josh, to fool around the role, and shielded the preference by observant which he could not find a 60-year-old Chinese actress to fool around Billy Sing’s father.

He thus motionless which both group should be Caucasian.

But Chinese-Australians have complained which immature people will right away grow up meditative which Billy Sing was white, and which is a profanation of their heritage.

The head of a Chinese-Australian girl organisation pronounced which “whiting out” Billy Sing was not usually a sum chronological falsification but treading on the grave of a loyal Chinese-Australian hero.

This essay is from the BBC News website. © British Broadcasting Corporation. The BBC is not obliged for the calm of outmost internet sites.


I know this was probably the BBC article mashed through some kind of translation software. Still funny.

That said, I’ve used the Google translation function a few times (with Chinese characters, Portuguese and German text) and never got anything as garbled as this!

Also? I was going to call my mother in Malaysia the other night; she was staying at my aunt’s house. I balked because the person who usually answers the phone is my aunt’s servant. She speaks no English, only Malay or Hokkien (neither of which I speak). I didn’t think it was the done thing to call, not be able to communicate, and hang up. Ah, the curse of being monolingual.


3 thoughts on “>"The Legend of Billy Sing" is becoming something else entirely

  1. e 11/05/2010 / 6:23 am

    >Hey you can google before you call your mum next time.Saya sedang mencari John! oops I mean Mum! Penguasaan bahasa Malayu Saya Lemah!Saya telah Mendalami Bahasa Melayu Selama 1 hari(I'm looking for mum. my malay is bad. i have been learning malay for one day!) If you're worried your oz accent will make you incomprehensible, you can type in the words into the computer and let a computer voice speak for you since Malay is a phonetic language. heheor hokkien. wo si Tseen. mama le? (intonation up?)

  2. e 11/05/2010 / 6:25 am

    >wasn't billy sing hapa? ie. mum was a whitey?

  3. e 11/05/2010 / 6:35 am

    >oh okay. sorry sleep deprived. not reading properly . they needed a chinese guy to play his dad.

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