TVB Drama Barrack O’Karma 1968 Under Fire For Putting Chinese Actress In Brownface To Portray Filipino Domestic Helper - 8 Days Skip to main content

TVB Drama Barrack O’Karma 1968 Under Fire For Putting Chinese Actress In Brownface To Portray Filipino Domestic Helper

The actress Franchesca Wong, 32, was also seen in an IG video applying make-up on her legs and using a Filipino accent to say: “I am sun tanning right now, sir.”

TVB Drama Barrack O’Karma 1968 Under Fire For Putting Chinese Actress In Brownface To Portray  Filipino Domestic Helper

TVB drama Barrack O’Karma 1968 has drawn criticism for its use of an actress in brownface to portray a Filipino domestic helper.

The drama, now airing on TVB, stars Joel Chan, 45, and Selena Lee, 41. It is a sequel to 2019's Barrack O’Karma.

To play domestic helper Louisa in the show, Canadian-born Chinese TVB actress Fanchesca Wong, 32, darkened her skin with make-up.

Her co-star King Lam posted an IG video of the actress applying make-up on her legs and using a Filipino accent to say: “I am transforming into another person. I am sun tanning right now, sir.”

Screenshots of Franchesca in King Lam's IG vid.


While Franchesca's acting has been praised by viewers, her use of brownface has sparked criticism of Hongkong’s portrayal of minorities onscreen.⁠

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