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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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notjoke
if the one you make fun of is not offended, it is a joke, if the one you make fun of is p-i-s-s-e-d, it is not a joke, it all depends on what the joke is about and who you make fun of to. you can not call a black n-ig-ger, but you will be fine if you say the same word to a tan-skinned white.
Samuel Stone
The White House has written a reponse -- a letter in which Obama offers to help heal the nation's "hurt feewings" ****dandygoat.com/nations-feewings-hurt-by-lil-jimmy-kimmel-daddy-gonna-make-it-all-better-okay
ejmciii
It was in bad taste. It is comedy, albeit bad comedy. Get over it and grow up. You all seem fixated on apologies and yet you have no problem offending others and telling them to get over it.
andrew.lee.ca
Do you not believe in a zero-tolerance policy against both hate statements and airing pro-genocide remarks on television?
johnyuan
The caption is misleading. Deliberately perhaps.
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The Eurocentric American culture still prevails. American Chinese even of those where the third or more generations in the country is subconsciously perceived as Chinese not American. Giving that American Chinese try their best to integrate more into the mainstream culture, the public protests at the ABC show may not be to them to feel offensive. The show’s target was clearly aiming China’s Chinese. For American Chinese to join in the protest is not to their best interest it only reinforces the view that they are still Chinese in America if they do so.
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Hence those who protested are mainly Chinese students studying in the US and the newly immigrants perhaps. Judging from the appearances of the people in the pictures I think I am right. The news coverage is inaccurate and political.
jayb
mega ditto. although it is very sad that many 2nd gen americans really think they are american. so much so that they don't know chinese language, culture and civilization. i have ABC don't speak, write chinese. ABC telling me chinese is not an "innovative people". ABC telling me chinese are good at math but not in music.... manifestation of ignorance to the 2000+ yrs of chinese civilization. case in point, US Amb to China, Gary Lock, chinese american but the guy doesn't speak/write chinese.
dunndavid
Boo Hoo. Pity the thin-skinned victims.
archipelago
try to bubble or cry first in your own world or to Xi Jinping before u bubble to the earth, Chinese = small-eyed clown
notjoke
your mama had you after being gang banged by black, white, latino, so you are a ****!
archipelago
let me remind the Chinese, before you bubble or cry to the world, try it first in your own world, China... HAHA Chinese = Clown
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I demand the HK Chinese government to finalize the sanctions and publish worldwide, as if we care. In "meow" or Cantonese tone, "kwik, kwik la"! HK is just a small Chinese city with nothing special in this century seriously. Oh wait, on behalf of her majesty and the british empire, I demand apologies for the british pilot stabbed in HK. And what's going on with the Lamma Island ferry tragedy??? how about the HK Chinese died in the ferry tragedy in Thailand, did u ask the kingdom of Thailand for apology to the little crying city of HK???

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