AAJA Calls for End to AsianWeek's Racist Column
While the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) supports freedom of the press, AAJA believes that all media regardless of size should practice the highest standards of journalism including in matters of ethnicity, race and diversity.
AsianWeek, a nationally distributed English-language newspaper, ran in its Feb. 23 issue "Why I Hate Blacks," a column by Kenneth Eng. AAJA views the decision to publish this piece as irresponsible journalism.
AAJA is committed to diversity and believes in fair and accurate coverage of all communities. AAJA is in its 13th year as an alliance partner in UNITY Journalists of Color, along with the National Association of Black Journalists, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and Native American Journalists Association.
Organizations representing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country immediately expressed outrage over the column and issued public statements criticizing AsianWeek. The Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, Asian American Justice Center, Equal Justice Society and other groups are sponsoring a petition calling for AsianWeek "to take immediate action and issue an unequivocal apology, terminate their relationship with Kenneth Eng, print an editorial debunking the column and setting the record straight, review their editorial policy and process, and hold those responsible accountable."
The AAJA National Office has chosen not to quote from or reprint any part of the column, due to the offensive nature. The weekend after publication, AsianWeek pulled the article from their web site. When contacted by AAJA, Editor-in-Chief Samson Wong declined further comment.
AsianWeek today issued the following statement and will provide an update in its upcoming issue:
"AsianWeek sincerely regrets any offense caused by the one opinion piece which reflected that authors personal views. We apologize for any...
Javade Chaudhri, Nicholas deB Katzenbach, and Helen Zia to receive 2007 AALDEF Justice in Action Awards at Lunar New Year Gala in New York.
New York, NYOn Thursday, February 22, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will honor Javade Chaudhri, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sempra Energy, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, former Attorney General of the United States, and Helen Zia, author and activist, with the 2007 Justice in Action Award at its annual Lunar New Year Gala at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. ABC News Correspondent Juju Chang will be M.C. for the evening's festivities.
The Gala begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception followed by the Justice in Action Awards ceremony, a three-course dinner, and a silent auction. Tables of ten, available at $50,000, $20,000, $10,000, and $6,000, include a VIP reception. Individual tickets start at $500. Special $200 member-priced tickets are also available. For ticket information, contact Lillian Ling at 212.966.5932 x202.
Proceeds from the Lunar New Year Gala benefit AALDEF's legal and educational programs in immigrant rights, economic justice for workers, voting rights and civic participation, affirmative action, language access to services, youth rights and educational equality, and the elimination of hate violence and police misconduct.
AALDEFs Justice in Action Awards recognize exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in advancing justice and equality.
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.
CHINA DOLLS by Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan, is a new novel about three Asian-American women balancing life, love and one another in New York City.
Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan's novel CHINA DOLLS is a sexy and sassy twist on what it means to be multicultural in the U.S. It explores life at the intersection of two worlds - one of Asian grandmothers and red envelopes, and another of tackling career and personal challenges in a big city.
Based on the personal experiences of Michelle and Blossom, CHINA DOLLS (St. Martins Press/Pub Date: February 8, 2007) introduces the characters of M.J., a tomboyish sportswriter struggling to fit into her familys traditional Chinese culture and the predominantly Caucasian male world of sports; Alex, a confident no-nonsense attorney fighting the submissive Asian woman stereotype and the fear of taking risks after a heartbreaking romance; and Lin, the risk-taking investment banker trying not to relive her mother's mistakes that is until she falls for the office playboy.
While the characters of M.J., Alex, and Lin wont ever forget their Asian roots, they also dont hide behind them as an excuse for their failures. If anything, they draw strength from their heritage while at the same time, embracing their American identity. Unlike other Asian novels, CHINA DOLLS embraces the fusion of these two cultures a phenomenon that more often than not reflects the experiences of young Asians in America today.
MICHELLE YU is an on air sports reporter for NY1 News and a member of the Asian American Journalists Association. Prior to NY1, she was a sportswriter for College Sports Television and a reporter at Sports Illustrated For Kids Magazine. BLOSSOM KAN is an attorney in Manhattan. She graduated from Yale University where she majored in English. Both writers reside in New York City.
Meet Michelle and Blossom at their booksigning for CHINA DOLLS on Tuesday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes and Noble in New...
National Bureau of Asian Research Announces "The Next Generation: Leadership in Asian Affairs" Fellowship for Graduate Students
SEATTLE-- (U.S. ASIAN WIRE)-- The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) is pleased to announce The Next Generation: Leadership in Asian Affairs fellowship for 2007-2008, a post-master's degree program that is cultivating a new generation of Asia affairs specialists committed to and capable of bridging the gap between the best scholarly research and the pressing needs of American foreign policy toward a rapidly changing Asia.
NBR invites recent master's and professional degree holders (e.g., MA, MBA, LLM, JD, etc.) to apply for a year-long fellowship at NBRs headquarters in Seattle to collaborate with leading scholars to publish research, and to participate in the briefing of research findings to the policymaking community in Washington, D.C.
This one-year fellowship is designed to further the professional development of Asia specialists in the year just after the completion of their master's degree. Successful applicants will gain further knowledge of Asia and an understanding of the U.S. foreign policymaking process through the following: conducting research under the guidance of an NBR program director; collaborating with senior scholars on academic publications; and traveling to Washington, D.C. to participate in the briefing of research findings to relevant constituents within the policy community.
The application deadline is January 15, 2007. Fellowships begin June 4, 2007 and conclude May 30, 2008. For further information and application materials please visit http://www.nbr.org/NextGeneration.
About the National Bureau of Asian Research
The National Bureau of Asian Research is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution dedicated to informing and strengthening policy in the Asia-Pacific. NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization,...
UNITY Exec. Director urges ABC's "The View" producer Barbara Walters to make a public statement acknowledging racial comments by Rosie O'Donnell are offensive and unacceptable
The offensive behavior displayed by "The View" co-host Rosie O'Donnell in attempting to mimic the Chinese language reflects poorly on ABC Daytime and the show's producer, ABC News correspondent Barbara Walters.
UNITY: Journalists of Color represents more than 10,000 journalists nationwide from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, including Chinese American.
In one brief action, O'Donnell and "The View" not only offended Chinese Americans, but all of UNITY's partner organizations: the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Native American Journalists Association.
"The View" offers robust commentary on issues of the day, which viewers tune in to learn what the show's high-profile women think about these topics. When one of the co-hosts demeans and mocks the language of an entire race of people on national television, it warrants an explanation by the show's producer at least, and by the network at most.
UNITY recognizes that while O'Donnell is an entertainer and not a broadcast journalist, her producer is one. As producer, Walters should publicly acknowledge that O'Donnell's remarks were patently offensive and that such insults should have no place on the public airwaves.
By allowing O'Donnell's cheap jab at Chinese Americans to go unchecked, the network is essentially condoning racial and ethnic slurs.
It's a practice that should not be tolerated in today's diverse society.
That's our view.
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