“Yellowface” is part of a series of erasure pieces called “Racism, Redacted,” in which I edit problematic texts to make them more accurate.

Minal Hajratwala‘s latest book is Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment, published by The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective. She is a writing coach, author of the award-winning Leaving India: My Family’s Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents, and editor of Out! Stories from the New Queer India. Follow her on Twitter twitter @minalh or visit her website: