Thursday, October 16, 2003

RED ALERT. Bad News for Our Entire Community

APAs May Face Nasty Racial Mess Caused By David Chang

A Philadelphia radio jockey is now playing "Chinkopoly" on the air as
a "pay back" for "Ghettopoly," the creation of David Chang. See [A]

Another radio station 101.5 FM, location unknown, was alleged to not
only have made derogatory statements about APAs but also "badly
humiliated" Asians who called in to protest. See [B] below. Is it also
caused by "Ghettopoly?" Investigating.

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. That was why 80-20 took
immediate action against Ghettopoly so that it has the credibility to

80-20 has already approached the leadership of NAACP regarding
"Ghettopoly" and the action 80-20 has take against "Ghettopoly"
precisely for the purpose of preventing such conflict between
minorities. 80-20 will also do its best not to let the aftermath created
by David Chang fester into a bad feeling between the Africa Am.
and the APA community. For great letters written by 80-20 supporters
to David Chang, Yahoo & eBay go

Radio jockeys uttering racial slurs against APAs ARE VERY DIFFICULT
TO HANDLE. The best YOU can do is have a recorder ready to record it.
Send the tape to 80-20, whose address is in the next paragraph. We'll take
it up with FCC (Federal Communication Commission) or organize
effective boycott action against the radio station.

Be on YOUR alert. Unfortunately, things could be bad for us for a
while, thanks to David Chang. It'll takes time to let the African Am.
community know that the APA community decidedly censured
Ghettopoly. However, stay calm. Just GET YOUR RECORDER READY.

80-20 needs your support . If you are not a member, please consider
doing your share. We have over 1900 members now. Any US
citizen or permanent resident can be a member using a credit card, go or .
PERSONAL checks are payable to "80-20 PAC", mailed to:
Jing-Li Yu 80-20 special Assistant
P.O. Box 527340 Flushing, NY 11352-7340.
Write down your E-MAIL address & PHONE no. on the BACK of the
check. Thank you.

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[A] "Chinkopoly" which 80-20 didn't know about until last night

Lynn Bruder, General Manager
WPHI-FM (103.9 FM)

Dear Lynn:

On behalf of the Asian American Journalists Association of
Philadelphia, as well as the Asian American community of the Delaware
Valley, I would like to express my concerns over recent comments made
by one of your station's hosts.

Last week, it was announced that a racist and crude board game called
"Ghettopoly" had been released, causing a stir among many
communities of color. It made stereotypical and inflammatory
references to the African-American, Hispanic, and Asian American
communities. The creator of the game, David Chang, is an Asian-

However, rather than looking at the across the board offensive nature of
the game, Miss Jones, "Jonesy in the A.M.", chose to focus on how an
Asian American could make a game about blacks and Latinos. She
proceeded to create her own game, "Chinkopoly," urging callers to
make degrading imitations of Asians and using old stereotypes as
"properties" for her game
. ....

We are strongly asking for a public on-air apology from Miss Jones and
are likely to urge a boycott of Philly 103.9 if one is not issued
immediately. We would also like the chance to have Miss Jones speak
at a town-hall meeting we will set up specifically to address how the
board game and Miss Jones' response to the game have heightened
tensions among communities of color.

Thank you for your time,

Murali Balaji
President, Asian American Journalists Association of Philadelphia

[S. B. Woo is in contact with Murali Balaji who said that he has heard
an "on-air apology from Miss Jones," and that his "belief is that she
was sincere in her regret." 80-20 will work with Murali Balaji for a
completely satisfactory solution.

[B] Another Similar Incident

Earlier this week, once again the two bozos from 101.5FM made
degrading racial comments against the Asian American community in
the late afternoon on their show. It was as offensive as the nasty letter
received by Peter. Their names sounded like Cardon and Rossi. One of
them was explaining why he would not move to a neighborhood that
had Asian Americans living in it. He criticized the accent, way of living
and labeled them as spooky and weird (and used a term that
I can't seem to remember). One Asian American lady called to protest
and she was badly humiliated. Another gentleman called. He got the
same response. ....

Mitsu Rajda