Asian American artists and orgs object to ‘racist’ joke at Academy Awards

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Asian American nonprofits and actors have spoken out against a joke delivered at the 88th Academy Awards Feb. 28 that many have deemed racist. Actor and comedian Chris Rock, who hosted the evening, invited three children of Asian descent on stage for a joke he made about China and Chinese sweatshops, in […]

Man convicted of misdemeanor vandalism, hate crime charges for anti-Chinese graffiti

A man arrested in connection with anti-Chinese graffiti in the Portola and Bayview neighborhoods of San Francisco was found guilty Jan. 7 of misdemeanor vandalism and hate crime charges. John Schenone, 62, of San Francisco, was found guilty of 13 misdemeanors including seven counts of vandalism and six counts of a hate crime by way […]

JACL criticizes Trump and Bush’s comments on Asians

The Japanese American Citizens League issued a statement Aug. 27 responding to recent remarks Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have made regarding Asians. Bush responded on Aug. 24 to critiques of his previous use of the term “anchor babies” when referring to children of undocumented immigrants who are born in the United […]

Responding to racism

At the risk of giving undeserved attention to Donald Trump and the political spectacle created by his campaign, I feel compelled to respond to his racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric in the context of the history of scapegoating, disenfranchisement, and criminalization of immigrants in the United States. Trump’s recent comments characterizing Mexican immigrants as “criminals” and […]

Police chief Suhr moves to fire 7 officers who engaged in homophobic, racist text messages

San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said April 3 that following an internal investigation he is recommending that seven of 14 police officers who were discovered to have partaken in inappropriate, and often racist and homophobic text messages, be fired from the police department. So far, one of the 14 officers has already resigned and […]

Asian American leaders condemn Fox News program’s support of racial profiling

The Sept. 20 broadcast of Fox News’ “Cashin’ In,” moderated by Eric Bolling, discussed whether the United States should profile Muslims in America. Panelist Jonathan Hoenig supported the idea, saying, “We should have been profiling on Sept. 12, 2001. Let’s take a trip down memory lane here. The last war this country won, we put […]

THE GREAT UNKNOWN AND THE UNKNOWN GREAT: Rest of New York: Nikkei adventures as resettlers

This is the second installment of a series on Japanese Americans in what I have dubbed the “Rest of New York,” that is, the various parts of the state that lie outside of the five boroughs of New York City. I noted in the May 2, 2013 issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly that Nikkei […]

For Some, Ignorance > Compassion

Some of this stuff is tough to stomach, especially when taken in rapid-fire, so please don’t read if you don’t want to be deeply offended.  While most people have expressed compassion toward the victims of the tsunami and earthquake, there are some who thought it would make great material for jokes. For instance Gilbert Gottfried. […]

Insensitive (to say the least) Groupon Ad

Damn, I really do enjoy getting a good deal, but my options are getting increasingly limited. First Target, now I can’t shop with Groupon either. I found this over at Reapproriate, where Jenn had the following to say, “This commercial is racially and culturally offensive. That is all.”

Cameron Diaz Wouldn’t Kiss Jay Chou in “The Green Hornet”

My review of “The Green Hornet” is coming out in today’s issue of the Nichi Bei Weekly. I largely liked the film a whole lot more than most critics. From an API representation perspective, it was somewhat groundbreaking, though it stops short of doing something revolutionary. From the review: “The film even seems like it’s […]

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