CAPAC Chair Chu Expresses Outrage over Bill O’Reilly’s Segment on Asian American Voters

Oct 6, 2016 Issues: Civil Rights

Washington, DC – On Monday, Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor aired a segment by Jesse Watters who visited New York City’s Chinatown neighborhood to interview Chinese American voters on the presidential election. The segment repeatedly made Asian Americans the butt of the joke and drew widespread criticism. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), released the following statement:

“This segment openly objectifies and ridicules Asian Americans. From the very start of the segment, beginning with the stereotypical music to Watters’ first question asking two women if he was ‘supposed to bow to say hello,’ it was clear the intention was to mock the Asian American community. We see over four minutes of Asian stereotypes, and multiple clips of individuals who are made fun of just for being Asian.

“As the fastest growing racial population in the United States and an increasingly influential voting bloc, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders deserve better coverage than being the butt of a joke. This segment was an opportunity to create greater understanding, but instead, it marginalizes Asian Americans. I call on Fox News to stop such racially insensitive coverage from being aired on their network in the future.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.