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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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Chinese Americans have equal political power and equal legal rights with everyone else. They have a VOTE, freedom of speech and equality before the law, which no-one in China does.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the vote is not conditional on accepting hate statements.
What if the term that was used were ''Jews" or "Irish" or "Negros" or Philippinos some "WASP" etc....?
What sort of reaction do u think there will be?!
All Americans are of different race and ethnic groups....The only real Americans are the First Nations, the rest of you Americans out there are immigrants like al the Chinese, Japanese, Mexicans, Cubans, Haitians, JEWS, Germans, etcc......
Racism in America is out of countrol.....
Think about it when making stupid comments.......
Its not too appropriate for them to say 'Shame on you ABC. The abbreviation is commonly used for American-Born-Chinese'. I agree though that its been badly handled by this organisation. Kimmel should have stopped this dead in its track by stating this was not an appropriate thing to say. The children are innocent but the grown-ups should know better.
To those selfish ones who think it is a joke, let me make a joke about your family to see if you think it funny: s c rew all the pussies in your family and sodomite all the as s holes of male members in you family. It's a joke! You call it a joke because you are not in other ones' shoes.
So are these protesters:
A) Chinese?
B) American?
C) 'It's complicated'?
I don't like people ridiculing others based on their cultural background.
andreaswagner. they are all americans inculcated in chinese culture/civilization. no different from irish american, italian american, mexican american, african american. all are americans but with unique cultural heritage and sensibility. imagine Kimmel said "kill all mexicans", first of all, Kimmel won't say that, living in LA and saying "kill all mexicans" won't be smart. second, mexican american have so much more political power in LA, Sacto and DC than the chinese american.
Chinese americans who had been treated as chinese instead of americans by racists in U.S.
try bubbling or crying to xi jinping, for sure, you'll be missing just like the other bubbles. WiNK your world is different from earth, seriously serious. better don't pretend you're out of your world hehehe




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