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Seeing red over UOB staff dinner 'blackface' photos

Published on Feb 12, 2012
Pictures of Chinese men with their faces painted black have been slammed for being offensive. They were taken at UOB's Bollywood-themed staff dinner. -- PHOTOS: FACEBOOK

Several Chinese employees of United Overseas Bank have raised eyebrows online after posting pictures of themselves in 'blackface' at a Bollywood-themed staff dinner.

Pictures of last Friday's event at the Fairmont Hotel were posted on social networking site Facebook on Sunday. At least three men are pictured with their faces painted black, presumably because the event was Indian-themed and Indians have darker skin.

'Blackface' is widely seen as racially charged, especially in the United States. It originated as a form of theatrical make-up for performers to act out caricatures of dark-skinned people.

Attempts to reach the staff involved were unsuccessful.

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