Duke Frat Thinks Its OK To Mock Asians

A protest flyer showing images from the party. As it says, none of the people in the photos are Asian.

A protest flyer showing images from the party. As it says, none of the people in the photos are Asian.

Man, I thought we were on our way to getting past such silliness as this, especially with our young people. But then stories like this come out:

A theme party held Friday by Kappa Sigma fraternity has drawn major backlash from the Asian community and others at the University and online.

The party was originally called “Kappa Sigma Asia Prime” in a Jan. 29 email sent out by the fraternity.

The original emailed invitation included misspellings to convey accented English—“Herro Nice Duke Peopre”—and contained a meme based on Kim Jong Il character in the film “Team America: World Police.”

And how about this for a cop out response from Duke:

Vice President for Student Affairs Larry Moneta noted that no course of discipline is planned for members of the fraternity, because he does not believe a single punishment or memo will resolve the persistent racial stereotyping that has occurred at Duke social gatherings. He said he will continue to work with student leaders to help them understand that.

One student protestor, from the Asian Students Association, said it best:

Every year something like this happens. The frats apologize and then the next weekend it happens again. I hope that this time people can really be thoughtful and honest and try to come up with a lasting solution to racism and sexism here.

When will the madness end? Read the full story here.

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