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Chinese Americans protest across US over Jimmy Kimmel's 'kill Chinese' skit

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 November, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 November, 2013, 7:04pm
 

Thousands of protesters, mostly Chinese, rallied in 27 US cities over a perceived anti-Chinese skit that aired last month in a talk show hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

Chinese state media reported that protests swept across the United States on Saturday. One was staged at the Los Angeles headquarters of broadcaster ABC, which aired the programme. Participants argued that ABC and Kimmel had not taken full responsibility for what they perceived as an insult to their heritage.

The protesters called for Kimmel to be fired over a segment of his talk show called "Kids' Table" that aired on October 16. Both ABC and Kimmel have since apologised for the episode, in which a six-year-old boy said "kill everyone in China" when asked by Kimmel how the US should pay back the country's US$1.3 trillion debt to China. Kimmel responded: "That's an interesting idea."

However, Chinese-American groups were not impressed. While some accepted the apologies that were offered after the subsequent uproar, others viewed them as insincere and demanded more. Charles Lu, chairman of the Roundtable of Chinese American Organisations, told the Los Angeles Times last week that they wanted a formal apology from ABC not just to the groups protesting, but to all Chinese people around the world.

Online pictures of Saturday's protests showed demonstrators, including college students, parents and children, dressed in red T-shirts with logos reading "Teach kids to love, not to kill", and chanting slogans such as "Kimmel must go" and "Shame on you, ABC".

Protest organisers distributed free posters to demonstrators. One featured Kimmel with a swastika just above his head.

"The protest plays an important role in improving our prestige and national cohesiveness," a Chinese demonstrator in New Jersey said on internet chat room Mitbbs. "The parade is intended to raise the social status of Chinese Americans in the US."

The segment also prompted the submission of a petition to the White House to investigate the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show on the grounds of offensive content. The petition garnered more than 100,000 signatures.

Xinhua said 800 people attended a rally in Washington, where a letter of protest to ABC was read out. The letter urged the broadcaster to fire Kimmel and hold a press conference to officially apologise to Chinese communities. It called on ABC to make sure that such "rhetoric of racial discrimination" was prevented by stepping up regulation of its televised content.

No one from ABC attended the event in Washington to accept the protest letter, reports said. Police were mobilised to maintain order, but the day ended without incident.

The demonstrations are believed to have been the largest held by the Chinese community in the US since those just before the Beijing Olympics in 2008 in response to CNN commentator Jack Cafferty labelling Chinese leaders "goons" and "thugs".

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jiawang@adb.org
Why do some signs written in Chinese say "I love China"?
notjoke
Really? Who is the only one in this world actually really did use the nuclear weapon on mankind? The answer is: the United states of America in World War 2 on Japan, twice! Who is the one has the most amount of nuclear weapon in the world? U.S.!
lily.guo.961
Chinese Americans are still amercans. Especially if they were born in America. It is insulting for others to say otherwise. One thing to some of you people, WE ARE NOT CLOWNS OF ANY SORT
dunndavid
Boo Hoo. Pity the thin-skinned victims.
lucifer
What a bunch of dunces...are they Chinese or American? If they are American, why are they insulted by a comment/joke about the Chinese? They look foolish.
caractacus
Such an irrational, over-reaction to a silly, ill considered piece of satire suggests that CCP megaphone propaganda lies somewhere behind it. One wonders just how deeply Xinhua is involved, including the public demonstration in Washington attended by 800, no doubt composed mostly of AMERICAN Chinese citizens?
notjoke
always there are stupid people with illusion like you who act they know every secret behind. simple fact: chinese and chinese gov. don't care about it, because it is not easy to kill everyone in china, but it is very easy to provoke racism which is already deep rooted in american society against chinese americans.
andreaswagner
So are these protesters:
A) Chinese?
B) American?
C) 'It's complicated'?
notjoke
Chinese americans who had been treated as chinese instead of americans by racists in U.S.
jayb
"most of the protestors are chinese born in china"? what is your source? i checked AP, NYT and could not fact check your claim.

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