Image of The Day: Kunal Nayyar Supports Miss America Nina Davuluri

There were many reactions to Nina Davuluri winning Miss America. Unfortunately, many of these reactions were not the praise and compliments that are typically showered upon a newly crowned Miss America.

Twitter exploded with racist comments about the first Indian Miss America. Many tweets referenced 9/11, called her a terrorist and even refused to acknowledge her as an American despite her being born and raised in New York. As expected, this gained nationwide attention, though not the attention we would hope for.

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In the midst of all the undeserved hate and racism, some good came from this. Many individuals fought back in support of Davuluri and her well-deserved title.

Among these supporters was The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar. The actor tweeted his congratulations, then quickly commented on the negative reactions to Miss America.

Nayyar, who was featured in our Summer 2013 issue, gives us yet another reason to love him.

Be sure to check out the Top Five Reasons Miss America Nina Davuluri is AWESOME

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Miss America Makes History with First Indian American Winner… But Not Without Racist Haters

On Sunday night, New York’s Nina Davuluri made pageant history by becoming the first woman of Indian descent to snag the prestigious title of Miss America.

But not long after the coveted crown was placed on her head, Davuluri, who performed a Bollywood fusion dance routine for the talent portion of the competition, quickly became the focus of discriminatory and racist comments on various social media platforms. The 24-year-old aspiring doctor was referred to, among other things, as “Miss 7-11,” “Miss Al-Qaeda,” and as a “terrorist.” Some expressed their disappointment that an “Arab” who had performed “Egypt dancing” won Miss America, just days after the 9/11 anniversary. Some even retorted that a Miss America winner “should have to be American.”

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In her first press conference as Miss America, Davuluri addressed the issue, quickly (and gracefully) putting aside the negativity.

“I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she said. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America. … I have to rise above [the comments]. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”

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Going into the pageant, Davuluri’s platform issue was “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency,” and sad instances such as these prove the platform’s continuing necessity and relevance in the U.S. Thankfully, in about an hour, the Twittersphere exploded with tweets in support of Davuluri, drowning out the small minority of ignoramuses.

 

People Magazine Can’t Tell Asians Apart

A billion-dollar love triangle is big news right? So it would have probably been a good idea for People magazine to publish a picture of the right Asian girl, but I suppose that’s asking for too much. Apparently you put Google Glass on two Asian women and it will make them indistinguishable.

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Angry Asian Man caught wind of the mistake and wrote:

This is downright silly. Last month, news broke that Google founder Sergey Brin is splitting with his wife Anne Wojcicki, amid reports that he is dating a 27-year-old employee, Amanda Rosenberg. Honestly, none of this is news I give a crap about … except when People has a hard time getting two Asian faces straight.

 

In its coverage of Brin’s breakup, instead of posting an image of Rosenberg, People used a photo of completely different Asian woman, albeit also wearing the awkward Google eyewear. The photo is actually a cropped stock image of an unidentified non-Rosenberg woman taken on the streets of New York.

 

And as Angry Asian Man points out, this inability to tell Asians apart isn’t new to People magazine. Back in 2008, they published an article Rain making his Hollywood debut. The only problem? They didn’t include a picture of Rain. Instead, they put in a picture of Karl Yune who played a smaller role in the featured film.

People, you may want to think about hiring staff to do some basic fact checking. Or who don’t think all Asians look alike.

DISCRIMINATION ALERT: Muslim Teen Fired From Abercrombie & Fitch for Religious Head Scarf

Abercrombie & Fitch has done it yet again.

Employee Hani Khan, 18, was fired from her job at the popular retail store after refusing to remove her hijab while working. The hijab is a head scarf worn by Muslim women to show modesty, but to Abercrombie & Fitch, the hijab simply does not fit their look.

After four months of working with the company, Khan was approached about her head scarf. Naturally she felt uncomfortable having to explain the cultural background behind the tradition. When she refused to take it off, she was terminated from her job. Abercrombie & Fitch offered to re-hire her 11 days later, but with a catch — she could only return if she no longer wore her hijab. Khan turned down the offer.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on Khan’s behalf in 2011. Although the company claims that it does not discriminate based on religion, Abercrombie & Fitch commented that they believed the hijab would negatively affect sales.

Of course, the company was not able to provide any proof of a decline in sales while Khan wore the head scarf while working.

It is important to note that this is not the first time Abercrombie & Fitch has been publicly scorned for discrimination. The company received quite the amount of backlash when chief executive Mark Jeffries openly commented that Abercrombie and Fitch is made for the “cool kids” and plus-sized women were not part of that group.

Many believe that the company’s reputation has been tarnished since those statements and unfortunately, Abercrombie & Fitch seems to continue digging its own grave.

 

Creepy Craigslist Listing For “Young, Gay, Asian Waiter”

Most of the racist things that I come across online (and trust me, I’ve seen my fair share of them), typically create emotions of anger. While I can’t say this craigslist listing is completely void of anger, I would use other words to describe this: weird, creepy, and uncomfortable are just a few examples.

Hailing from Portland, John is currently seeking “2 young, gay, Asian waiters” to help with “an over-the-top gay, costume party” which is themed “The Secrets of the Orient-The Year of the Snake”.

Although he claims that this party will be “awesome”, we don’t quite see how having Asians as his party props will do so. The mere fact that he specifies that these individuals must be young gives us the jitters. And a costume party? We can already smell the troubling racial stereotypes that are headed in our direction.

There are many ways to celebrate cultures that are not your own. There are many ways to celebrates the gay community. But having young, gay, Asians act as waiters and serve you for your “over-the-top gay, costume party” is not one of them.

Check out the listing here.

Asian Woman Kicked Out of McDonalds Because of Her English Skills

Receipts for Asian customers labeled “Ching Chong”, music videos that insult and stereotype our women, people ranting on the internet about how Asians annoy them –   Yup, we’ve seen a lot of disrespectful things thrown towards our community. Well unfortunately, this is another one to add to the list and get just as angry about.

In Vancouver, a 51-year-old Chinese woman is demanding a printed apology from the franchise owner and manager of a specific McDonalds for the manner in which they treated her. According to Hai Xia, a McDonalds manager refused to serve her and kicked her out because of her English skills.

Xia, who speaks English as a second language, was allegedly trying to explain to the workers that her order was incorrect, but she was dismissed by the manager because she apparently didn’t “understand English”. Additionally, the manager added that they didn’t speak Mandarin although Xia was speaking English.

Was this manager simply having a bad day? Its possible. Xia noted that when another worker came over to ask what was going on, the manager scolded him for interfering. Clearly, this manager woke up on the wrong side of the bed. But is this any excuse for discriminating against someone for their limited skills in a second language? Absolutely not. Is it okay not to serve someone just because you don’t have the patience to be decent? Nope.

McDonalds claim that they are taking the complaint very seriously and officials will meet with Xia to resolve the issue next week.

Korean Woman Harassed by Caucasian Foreigners

A disturbing video has gone viral and has created a storm of online debates. The video clip is a mere 78 seconds, but within that time we are able to see two Caucasian males openly harass a female in a nightclub in Korea. It only takes 78 seconds for us to be disturbed by the manner in which the Caucasian men are treating the Korean woman.

The video begins with the Korean woman in what appears to be a drunk state. One of the men has his arms wrapped around her while the other begins filming her legs and moves up to her chest. The man on the sofa pulls her hair back for the camera to get a better look at her chest. During this time, the men make vulgar and sexual statements about her.

As the woman tries to pull away, the man on the sofa aggressively grabs her face and begins throwing insults at her. He puts a finger up her nose then shoves the same finger in her mouth. The two men burst into laughter and call her disgusting.

They then notice some discoloration in her teeth and begin aggressively pulling her lips back to get a shot of her teeth. She tries to protest, but they continue and throw more insults. At this point, she has become an object of ridicule for their entertainment. They call her “rancid” and “disgusting”. One of the men shouts “Why the f**k don’t you get plastic surgery like every other f**king Korean little b**ch” to her face. The Korean women shouts back some insults of her own before finally escaping the verbal and physical harassment.

The video was first posted on Youtube on June 8th, but was taken down for its content. Since then, the video has been found on multiple Korean sites . It instantly sparked online debates. Some viewers were angry at the men noting the many instances that Caucasian foreigners come into Asian countries with a feeling of superiority. Yahoo News reports Facebook user Rhys Flinter commenting, “Wow, utterly disgusting… The [Western foreigners] arrive at countries like Thailand, Korea and China to teach English and all of a sudden, women find them attractive and they are treated well just for being white.”

The angry comments are completely understandable. What shocks me is the number of comments where Korean natives actually blame the Korean woman for getting herself into the situation. Washington Post reports that a number of online commenters blame her for what happened. “She went crazy over white guys, lived at a club, and ran into trouble,” says one Jagei.com commenter. Another wrote, “After that, I think she’s going to go clubbing to meet white guys again.” Its unbelievable to see a women being verbally and physically tormented by two foreigners only to be verbally abused afterwards by her own countrymen. I most certainly expected the online comments to focus on the mistreatment of Asian women, but I didn’t expect it to become a debate about who’s fault it was. It is beyond me to understand why anyone would actually think “she was asking for it”.

This issue is one that extends beyond Korea. The Washington Post article points out that South Korea has one of the largest gender gaps in the world and “according to an annual study by the World Economic Forum… women have less equality in South Korea than they do in India, Burkina Faso or the United Arab Emirates.” They then point out that this may actually be the reason for Korean women seeking Caucasian men in hopes of equality. I would argue that this is an issue which extends beyond the Korean community and is one faced by the majority of Asian countries. It would be wrong to say that South Korea is the only country which places Caucasians on a pedestal.

I have heard Pilipino, Chinese, and Vietnamese women discuss how their family supports and even pushes the idea of marrying a white man. There is simply no denying it- Caucasian men are treated differently when they enter an Asian country and unfortunately some, like the men in this video, get a false sense of superiority.

I argue that the issue to be addressed is not whether this Korean woman was asking for it. This is an issue of the perception of Caucasian men and the way they treat Asian women. We understand that not all Caucasian men act that way, but this has happened enough times to inflict fear among the women in my Asian community. Yes, we are angry and rightfully so. Too many times have we been taken advantage of because of this false sense of superiority. Too many times have we been mistreated and objectified. These actions are simply not acceptable.

Let us know what you think and comment below.

Racist Instagram Account Alert: “Asiansareugly”

This was brought to my attention recently by a friend – the Instagram account ‘Asiansareugly’. Yes, readers – the account is basically what you think it is. Two users (and both Caucasian girls) who go by ‘Cass’ and ‘Zoe’ point out various Asian IG users and spew out a bunch of distasteful comments about their features, all accompanied by heinous amounts of profanity and vulgar language. I’m less than inclined to post their commentary (I see no point in spreading the hate) – but I’ll give you some warning if you decide to check it out. The number of followers are growing pretty quickly, as the account is only about two days old.

I’m more intrigued by the idea of these IG accounts (with outrageous usernames and purposes) for the sake of gaining popularity (in this case, it’s attracting a lot of negative feedback) by younger women. Whether these accounts are real or fake – nevertheless, they’re still spreading some sort of hate. Clearly, with the internet age – we’re not living in post-racial society as people would like to believe.