The Digital Journalist
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Yap Chor Kiang applies the appropriate makeup for her role as the heroine in tonight's play. The colors she uses are a trademark of Chinese opera, and are an important tool in defining the personalities of the characters onstage. A full white face, for example, denotes an evil or treacherous personality, while a red face suggests courage and righteousness in a protagonist.