Vietnamese Prank makes fun of Vietnamese.

Lance Krall calls a local commercial director and pitches an idea for a commercial.

Your thoughts? Is this funny or offensive?

Also, here’s another stand up comedian, Russell Peters, breaking down the Asian ethnicities for us.

Exclusive interview with Kenneth Eng!

Hot as Pho was allowed the opportunity to have an exclusive unedited interview with Kenneth Eng at the end of this week. Since our site is one of the top site to stir up more Kenneth Eng talk, we used it as leverage to get an interview. Now it’s your turn to speak up. We are giving you, our readers and fans, a chance to ask him anything you want.

Please comment any questions you have for Kenneth Eng and we will try and get as many of those answered for you!

How will Cho Seung-Hui’s Virginia Tech shooting effect Asian Americans?

by Peter Nguyen

Cho Seung-Hui Picture of Virginia Tech Shooting

In the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history, Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year old Korean student, was out on a mission to kill his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. America doesn’t know much about Asian Americans other than the racially-profiled stereotypes described in the media with Model Minority traits like being quiet, hard working, family oriented, and intelligent. Unfortunately, finally when Asians do get in the news, it’s for one of U.S. history’s deadliest tragedy.

One source stated:

According to unconfirmed rumors available to The Reference Frame, the killer was a 6-foot tall male Asian – I suppose East Asian – student between 20 and 25 years from Radford University whose girlfriend from Virginia Tech left him. He had two guns (at least one of which was a 9 mm caliber handgun) and wore a vest – probably a bulletproof vest – with
too much ammunition as well as a maroon cap and a black leather jacket.

In the morning around 7:15 am, he went to her dormitory in the West Ambler Johnston Hall. She was not there so he shot her roommate and the residential assistant. They didn’t shut down the university, so he continued and tried to find the ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in the classroom of the Norris Hall (engineering) a few hours later. He didn’t know the exact location, so he has visited a few classes, lined up all students against a wall, and shot them one by one – and then himself by a shot into his head.

CNN reported:

The gunman who killed 30 people at Virginia Tech’s Norris Hall before turning the gun on himself was student Cho Seung-Hui, university police Chief Wendell Flinchum said Tuesday.

University officials said they were still trying to determine if Cho was responsible for an earlier shooting at a dormitory that left two dead.

However, Flinchum said ballistics tests show that one of the two guns recovered at Norris Hall was used at Norris and at the dorm.

Cho, a 23-year-old South Korean and resident alien, lived at the university’s Harper Hall, Flinchum said. He was an English major, the chief said.

Cho was a loner and authorities are having a hard time finding information about him, said Harry Hincker, associate vice president for university relations.

What can we learn from this now? What are your thoughts on the motives of how might Asian and/or American culture have played a role in this? How can relationship heartaches lead to such a an extreme massacre? Many sources said he was constantly teased and harrassed by other students. Was this out of racial frustration?

This goes against most mainstream Americans stereotypical beliefs of Asians. So will Asians be more racially stereotyped and bigoted in America or will this event give America more perspective on how Asians don’t fit in one stereotypical box? Maybe even break down some racial walls?

After the Columbine shooting, that didn’t have America thinking about how corrupted white Americans are, they just concluded that there are some bad people in this world. I doubt if race will be overlooked. Most importantly, how can we all grow from this incident?

Speak your mind, we all want to listen…

AsianWeek Removes Samson Wong as Editor-in-Chief

Dear Petition Signer,

Leaders of the civil rights organizations that initiated the protest against AsianWeek’s publication of a hate speech column against African Americans today noted the newspaper’s decision to remove Samson Wong as editor-in-chief.

The masthead of the newspaper’s March 30 issue shows that Wong’s title is now “Senior Editorial Consultant.”

“We asked AsianWeek to hold the editor responsible for publishing the piece accountable,” said Gen Fujioka, program director at the Asian Law Caucus. “Though the community still needs to hear directly from AsianWeek, we hope this indicates a step towards healing the hurt caused both to African Americans and also the vast majority of Asian Americans who abhor the racism expressed by the previous article.”

“From the start, this has not been just an issue of hate speech, but an issue of journalistic judgment and responsibility,” said Vincent Pan, executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action. “All communities must be vigilant against bigots and racists, as well as those who hand them microphones.”

After initially denying any wrongdoing, AsianWeek issued an apology and fired Kenneth Eng, the writer of a column titled “Why I Hate Blacks” that advocated discriminating against African Americans.

Immediately after the column was published, a national coalition of APA and civil rights organizations called on AsianWeek to, among other things, review its editorial policy and process and hold those responsible for the decision to publish the Eng piece accountable.

Thank you very much for signing our petition and lending your support on this issue!

More info at dontspeakfor.us:
http://ent.groundspring.org/EmailNow/pub.php?module=URLTracker&cmd=track&j=132187657&u=1267617

Kenneth Eng hates blacks and so do you, apparently

by Peter Nguyen

Kenneth Eng from AsianWeek magazine, who claim to be “the Voice of Asian America”, wrote a very racist article called “Why I Hate Blacks”. During his ignorant rampage he stated that Blacks hate us, are easy to coerce and are weak-willed. He rationalizes a lot of his statements by his own infrequent, personal encounters of his high school days.

This article was published by AsianWeek and now is currently taken off their website. See the article for yourself by clicking here.

“Eng’s article is unacceptable and offensive not only to African Americans, but to all Americans,” said Karen K. Narasaki, President and Executive Director of the Asian American Justice Center. “AsianWeek has a responsibility to its readers and to the community to take immediate and appropriate action to repair the serious damage it has caused by publishing this piece.”

“Asian Americans do not share Eng’s extremely racist views. Asian Americans need to take this opportunity to reach out and build a constructive dialog,” said Yvonne Lee, Former Member of the US Commission on Civil Rights.

Kenneth Eng, who has described himself as an “Asian Supremacist,” has written several columns for AsianWeek since November, including pieces titled “Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us” and “Why I Hate Asians.”

An online petition is available at: http://www.capaweb.org/awpetition. Asian American leaders call on all individuals to contact AsianWeek on this matter at (415) 397-0220 or at asianweek@asianweek.com.

::Edit::
AsianWeek has released a more thoughtful apology: AsianWeek’s Statement and Apology. “We have heard the call and Mr. Eng has been terminated from writing for the paper.” Too little, too late. I wouldn’t be surprised if the the publication goes down the drain pretty soon.

Guess some people never learn or grow up. Here’s Kenneth Eng in an interview on Fox News.

::NEWEST VIDEO FROM KENNETH ENG::

It’s your turn to stand up for justice and fight ignorance. So what do you feel about the article?

Average Asian skit on Mad TV and Bobby Lee racist remarks

Finally, Mad TV is breaking down some stereotypes, well, kind of. They seem to address most of the Asian ignorant stereotypes going on in America.

And here’s part 2 of the skit.

Interesting enough, in September 2006, a video of Bobby Lee drunk at a bar talking to Joe Rogan was banned on YouTube because of “copywrite claim by Bobby Lee”. We had the opportunity to view the video before it was banned. Joe started talking about dating Asian people and mentioned Vietnamese girls. Bobby Lee, being Korean, claimed Koreans to be the supreme ethnicities of the Asian race and Vietnamese people are “from the jungle… hang in the trees like monkeys”. Not only that, he admittedly knew after his racist remarks, he would lose a lot of his Asian fans.

Sad thing is for sure, the few Asian Americans who have made it in the entertainment world, a lot have seemed to compromise their Asian culture in order to conform to racist America. We end with a great video by XDL Films called “Asking Permission”.

How do you think the media effects the way Asians are stereotyped?

Communist Fashion by Lucky Brand?

Vietnam Communist Lucky Brand

Vietnam Communist Lucky Brand

Vietnam Communist Lucky Brand

Apparently, communism is vintage and fashionable according to Lucky Brand. The popular clothing company launched a sweater with the Communist Vietnamese flag in the front and a map of Vietnam in the back with “Nha Trang” headlined on the top.

Earlier in November, President Bush visited Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, “looking to burnish his foreign-policy credentials.”

The White House website featured a graphic with the flags of the three countries he’s visiting on his trip — Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia. One problem: instead of displaying the Vietnamese flag, the White House graphic featured the old flag of South Vietnam. That flag hasn’t been the official flag of Vietnam since South Vietnam surrendered to North Vietnam in 1975.

The display of the old flag is highly incendiary to the current Vietnamese government and people. NPR reported last year the display of the old flag anywhere in the United States — much less on the White House website — “could create tension amid warming relations between the United States and Vietnam.”

Sad to say, but it seems like powerful figures and companies are ignorant and insensitive to the Vietnamese culture.

*Sources by AngryAsianMan and ThinkProgress.