The depiction of the real Chinese characters within this production is also intentional; if there hasn’t been a discussion about this issue; that is an act of gross negligence. Monkey: His Magic Journey to the West is only one instance of the theatre department’s continual whitewashing of people of color. Why weren’t there more efforts made to contact the Asian community at Central Washington University if they wanted to be more culturally sensitive? The Observer, CWU’s school newspaper, wrote that the cast and crew of Monkey were aware of the lack of representation onstage and that the creative team were making an effort to be more sensitive. As a precaution, the production’s director talked about having a diversity specialist assess the show for cultural accuracy; however, according to cast sources, there was no indication that any diversity specialist consulted with any member of the creative team.