Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Asian paper's 'I Hate Blacks' op-ed slammed

The Fang Family's Asian Week newspaper is getting heat from black leaders and was the subject of a front-page article in today's Chron for printing an op-ed entitled "Why I Hate Blacks." Among the things writer Kenneth Eng says is that "Blacks hate us. Every Asian who has ever come across them knows that they take almost every opportunity to hurl racist remarks at us."

"I can't believe Ted Fang [pictured] would allow such a column to go to print," Ling-chi Wang, retired chairman of the ethnic studies program at UC-Berkeley told the Chron. "It is really offensive and damaging and is not one that contributes to a better understanding of diversity."

The Chron also quotes San Francisco writer Claire Light, one of several bloggers who wrote about the column over the weekend, who said Asian Week in general -- and especially Eng's column -- makes her embarrassed to be Asian. She said that "most Asian Americans have never even heard of AsianWeek, much less agree with its editorial decision making."

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