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AsianWeek's Statement and Apology


AsianWeek, Feb 28, 2007

AsianWeek sincerely regrets and apologizes for publishing New York-based contributor Kenneth Eng’s column in the issue of February 23, 2007. AsianWeek rejects Eng’s biased views on a critical segment of American society, African Americans.

While AsianWeek continues to truly believe in diversity of opinion and freedom of the press, we are also very aware that the promotion of hate speech is not appropriate, nor should it be encouraged.

Given that the genesis of the American civil rights movement was borne primarily by the African American community through blood and perseverance, the failing of our editorial process in allowing this opinion piece to go forward, was an insensitive and callous mistake that should never have been made by our publication.

We will be reviewing that editorial process and making any changes necessary to prevent this from ever happening again.

The condemnation of this serious lapse in editorial judgment was rightfully taken by civic and community leaders and organizations, including Asian American civil rights groups, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Mike Honda, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

Readers of AsianWeek over the past 27-year history clearly know that we reject any racist agenda. On the contrary, our editorial policy has led the way in interracial and multicultural strength and diversity.

As a publication whose motto is the "voice of the Asian American community," we are humbled and overwhelmed at reader response not only chastising our editorial process, but strongly urging our paper to sever all ties to this contributor. We have heard the call and Mr. Eng has been terminated from writing for the paper.

In the future, we will take extra steps to ensure that while diversity of opinion remains a constant pillar in AsianWeek editorial policy, promotion of hate speech of any kind will not and should not ever be tolerated. These steps shall be our ironclad resolve as we start anew in this auspicious Lunar New Year of the Boar.

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u got it wrong   Mar 02, 2007 19:58:36  
Wait a minute you all got it wrong here? let me explain this theory..."Mr.ENG is the only one who is not racist here"
Why: because he hates everyone..see past article...that mean equal treatment for everyone no matter who you are...hahaha....you still cannot figure this out yet huh?  

Nathan Quan   Mar 02, 2007 18:56:06  
People just have too many things to say or make comments about this and that. Comin let's grow up and act like an adult, sometimes thinking it's childish. Man, I cannot believe people put articles on newspaper or other media saying bad things about others. Let's face the fact on earth we have all kinds of living things such as animals, trees, and other things exist. Just be united have peace and happiness for life. Frankly, human don't live forever. We got to make the best out of it. The earth is been destroy by conflicts.  

Marc Anthony   Mar 02, 2007 18:11:56  
It is most disappointing that you have allowed your newspaper to be used for the rants of such a disordered and sociopathic individual as Kenneth Eng. However, what is more disappointing is that your editorial staff has allowed him the platform in which to promote his hateful perspectives.

Any educated person would see the lack of maturity and the absence of the dialectic in this boy's writing, not to mention the poor quality of writing.

The issue of race is a polemic that can and needs to be continually addressed. It is regretful that you stooped to permitting mindless hatred to be published in place of meaningful and thoughtful debate.

It is likely that you will lose significant advertising revenue from this. I will certainly not continue to patronize any business that advertises in your paper.

Regretfully,
Marc Anthony
San Francisco/Taipei  

Kyle   Mar 02, 2007 16:50:44  
By the way, Kenneth Eng doesn't really know what he is. "WE slaughtered the Russians"?? No YOU didn't. The Japanese did. If you'd like to claim that YOU slaughtered the Russians, why not claim that YOU slaughtered the Koreans, the Chinese, and the Filipinos? Oh now you don't want to claim all that? I guess you have the right to pick and choose which group(s) you belong to, but please make some sense!

After all, we are all humans, with the same brutal nature -- we have slaughtered one another, abused and excluded one another. If you have hate in you, please do not share it in a publication in a city where most people would not appreciate it. Most of us are very progressive, unlike you. Do it somewhere else.  

MR   Mar 02, 2007 16:29:50  
As a half Asian, half African subscriber, I now have instant bird cage lining until my subscription runs out. Thank you, AsianWeek.  

Brandon Willis   Mar 02, 2007 16:05:54  
As a black American, I think too many people are missing the point of this sensationalized news story. Asians this, blacks that, whites this, Arabs that,..it's getting tiresome. In my opinion, Kenneth Eng should continue to write for Asian Week. Did Rosie O’donnell lose her job for her ching-ching-chong-chong comments? Isn’t Michael Richards still a stand-up comedian despite shouting the N-word to audience members? What about Isaiah Washington calling T.R. Knight a faggot? I know you might be thinking, well, that's not a race related issue, which is true, but in my opinion, hate is hate. More recently, our societal remedy for such behavior is behavioral therapy. Which I guess works. Heck, look at that bible thumping, meth buying, escort purchasing, married man, Ted Haggard. He went to therapy and is now completely heterosexual. But I wonder does he still buy drugs from male prostitutes? Also I thought Haggard was heterosexual before his therapy? I have read only two issues of Asian Week. Even the cartoons by Tak could be deemed offensive. Also, has anyone seen Kenneth Eng. Not for anything but he looks as threatening as a gnat on a gorilla’s backside. He writes to inflame and I think his personal accounts are fictional or exaggerated at best. He also fails to be an equal opportunity hater. I haven’t read or heard about any of his columns referring to Latino Americans, Native Americans, or Middle Eastern Americans in a derogatory manner. Asian Week publishes his column because they like to raise eyebrows and you know what, it worked!  

Michelle   Mar 02, 2007 14:00:41  
I am appalled at Asian Week's response to K. Eng's article. I have read Asian Weekly consistently since moving up to SF in July 06 and almost every article has been a racial tirade. The editors claim that they do not know how K. Eng's article got past them, but every week people write in to complain about his opinions. Did those letters also sneak past the editors?

That said, I support free speech, and hearing things you'd rather not is a given consequence of our freedom (positive and negative). I agree with many others who have said that this is an opportunity to address very real racial issues in this country.

On the contrary, perhaps printing K. Eng's articles was Asian Weekly's feeble attempt at inspiring meaningful racial discussions. Great job!  

u got it wrong   Mar 02, 2007 13:30:25  
Wait a minute you all got it wrong here? let me explain this theory..."Mr.ENG is the only one who is not racist here"
Why: because he hates everyone..see past article...that mean equal treatment for everyone no matter who you are...hahaha....you still cannot figure this out yet huh?  

Nick   Mar 02, 2007 12:46:17  
I don\'t see what the big deal Is....I\'m asian..I think that MR. Eng should speak his mind...why not?....Is that wrong....there is hate in everyone one of us...and to say that one person has the right to say and another doesn\'t that is what is wrong with this country....why did MR. ENG write this...maybe there is a big problem with our society...what are we suppose to sweep it under the rug like everything else....I don\'t see a problem when (tucker/rock and any comedian) makes fun of black/white/asian/arabs/mexican on TV..live to be tape and sold at every blockbuster..why because it comedy...f-that..get over it someone spoke their mind and it didn\'t fit to what you think should have been say...cry me a river it\'s not a perfect world hatred is in everyone of us....don\'t lie to yourself because everyday each one of us do something this is a little racist or offending to somebody else....If you look hard enough some newspaper somewhere around the world publish something that is racist every single day...I\'m proud to say that it\'s ok...If you don\'t have the common sense to figure it out then there is no amount of apology going to erase....post it up.  

AK   Mar 02, 2007 10:45:50  
Kenneth is insane! Rest assured that ALL Asians are not represented by this insane man. Check out this awesome South Asian Blog: www.sepiamutiny.com/sepia/archives/004213.html#comments

There is no room for hate of any kind. Whether is be White against Black/Asian/Latino, Asian against Asian (oh yeah, this happens when it\\\'s East Asain against South Asian or vice versa), Asian against Black/White/latino OR any other form.  

malcom carter   Mar 02, 2007 10:35:20  
please e-mail me the article  

DF   Mar 02, 2007 09:31:14  
I forgot to mention- nobody made a peep about basketball player Shaq O'Neill who made "ching chong" noises in reference to Yao Ming...And what about Jesse Jackson's "Jews from Heimie Town" comments...But that's OK, in America some groups of people are more equal than others...Welcome to "free speech"...Having said this- I agree with the woman who lived in the UK---stop this nonsense and don't give attention to the haters of the world...Has anybody even asked what were K Eng's and Asianweeks' true motives in publishing a series of controversial articles?  

JT   Mar 02, 2007 09:18:11  
Terry Smith,

Your comments are flat out ignorant and bigoted to boot.

First of all, Kenneth Eng does have the right to free speech. However, with this free speech comes responsibility and accountability for one's words, and the right of others to critique. Eng's words are inflammatory, irresponsible, inaccurate, and trades well-worn stereotypes that you, sadly, buy into.

As for groups like the NAACP, they will gladly go out of business when there is no racism in this country. Unfortunately, your small-minded racist remarks show that we have a very long way to go. It's also funny when you want gratitude for white people contributing to or supporting civil rights groups, yet you definitely expose views which paint you as an enemy of people of color.

Maybe if you and your family were more open minded about welcoming black families into the city and neighborhoods instead of doing the white flight bit --- we wouldn't have issues such as disinvestment. Oh, by the way, Fremont is now extremely multiethnic - from over 50 countries and speaking just as many languages. So where is your xenophobic and bigoted little posterior going to run to next?  

You stupid Idiot   Mar 02, 2007 08:51:33  
The editor is the son of the owner. Figures... Any other idiot would have been thrown out on his ass in a New York minute.  

Native Son   Mar 02, 2007 08:16:57  
re: Monsieur de la Gueronniere

Boycott! Boycott! Why? because black people never make fun of Asians?

They can fire the editors of AsianWeek if they fire Ms. Jones of Hot97 for her Tsunami song, first. And since that didn\'t happen, direct your anger elsewhere. Ignorance is bliss.  

Mark Bangs   Mar 02, 2007 03:52:49  
I was stunned to hear about Mr. Eng's recently published article. I searched your website to see other articles he may have written. From reading a few of them, I really question the judgement of your editorial management for working with this guy. I think you are doing the right thing to review your editorial processes. Publishing articles from a guy like Mr. Eng makes you look very unprofessional.  

Terry Smith   Mar 02, 2007 02:10:49  
Mr. Eng has every God given American right to voice his opinion,
I reside in the city of Fremont,my family moved out of Oakland, Ca in 1950, because all the southern blacks came in to work the ship yards, fast forward to the year 2007. This once proud City is a sewer, and crime infested crap hole. The same story goes for the City of Detroit. Read Shelby Steele's nonfiction book " WHITE GUILT " Shelby who is bi-racial, states that if America had absolutely zero racism, black American shake down groups could not exist. 99% of all the money the naacp , the so called rainbow group collect are from white Americans, black Americans don't donate for there own cause. I don't like blacks, and neither does anyone in my social group or Family!!!!! F$$K THEM!  

Arnold Cha   Mar 02, 2007 00:08:47  
AsianWeek should be banned. It is no better than the National Enquirer that you pick up at a gas station. If you are sincere about the apology, you should fire the editors.  

Jonathan Li   Mar 01, 2007 22:46:20  
This apology is obviously too little, too late. Your publication claims that they "reject any racist agenda", yet this pretentious bigot has already had TWO other stereotype-ridden columns published earlier. I feel sorry for whoever caused this blunder and the shambles his or her life will be in following this episode. On the other hand, I hold no grief over the beatings our friend Kenneth will be the target of, or the fact that his publisher has dropped his books from their website. To this I say "GOOD RIDDANCE!"  

Wu   Mar 01, 2007 21:02:55  
The old saying, "Two wrongs do not make a right", is obviously why the writer should be criticized.....However, his own experiences cannot be discounted, and should not criticized but taken as fact. I would submit that his attack was most likely in response to his own negative experiences  

Monsieur de la Gueronniere   Mar 01, 2007 19:51:08  
I CALL FOR A TOTAL BOYCOTT OF ALL ASIAN OWNED OR OPERATED STORES BY ALL AFRICAN-AMERICANS, AFRICANS, AFRO-CARIBBEANS, ANY OTHERS OF AFRICAN DESCENT IN THE UNITED STATES AND IN THE CARIBBEAN. THIS IS NOT GOING AWAY OVERNIGHT. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH  

Kenneth   Mar 01, 2007 19:27:30  
Plan of action:
Contact your local Asian stores and restaurants that carry Asia Week and explain the racist article and request that the businesses no dsitribute/carry the paper.  

EF. Henry   Mar 01, 2007 18:02:33  
When AsianWeek claims to be the voice of Asian American community, you should voice the struggle of Asian Americans for recognition and equality in the US, not the struggle of 1-2 Asian Americans who are struggling with their sanity.

You had also published Kenneth's previous hateful articles, and this indicates your poor process in recruiting writers, editors and selecting articles.

I am now a former reader of your publication. As an Asian, I am truly ashamed of Kenneth Eng and of AsianWeek for your irresponsible publication.  

W Mui   Mar 01, 2007 17:52:45  
This is the first time your publication has been brought to my attention. Too bad you chose such a negative way to elicit publicity. Shame on you for perpetuating such racist stereotypes - twice (first Asians, now African Americans)!!  

Convince_Me   Mar 01, 2007 16:59:00  
I am an African American and I do not accredit one person's ignorance to a whole race of people. It is unfortunate that Kenneth Eng feels that way about black people, but that sounds like a personal problem. His opinions should have stayed at home and shouldn't have been brought to a place of business. Everyone who failed to do their job by allowing this article to be published, should be fired and replaced with a qualified professional staff. Black people have fought long and hard against discrimination in a country we help built. And are still fighting for equality. I'm sure Asians have experience similar obstacles in America. We all are people first, regardless of our differences. Lets focus on real world issues instead of pointless views like this one. Kenneth Eng, get some tissue, for your issue and be a HATER after business hours. One love for mankind.  

Amy Wilson   Mar 01, 2007 15:49:35  
What bothers me is that no one seems to have been concerned with his bigotry against whites, which is just as appalling as hatred toward ANY race. I guess it's okay to be a hater, as long as you only hate caucasions. They're all just closet Klansmen anyway, right?

Bigotry is bigotry is bigotry.

Making different rules regarding prejudice is prejudice in and of itself.  

Michael J. Moore   Mar 01, 2007 15:26:11  
Allowing such an article to go to press displays more than just a lack of accountable on the part of the AsianWeek editorial staff. It leads me to feel that instead of an innocent Freudian slip, this was the means by which the editors/owners could insert their own views, and use Kenneth Eng as the community scapegoat.  

E.C.   Mar 01, 2007 14:58:07  
Last month, you let Eng publish the 'I hate asians' article. Where's the apology for that?
In Feb, you let Eng publish the 'I hate blacks' article. Don't you know Feb is black history month?
Instead of an apology, I demand you publish a 'Why I hate Kenneth Eng' article.
AsianWeek editors, don't be surprised if this publicity stunt backfires in your face. You have done a great job of making enemies in the black and asian population.  

Bruce   Mar 01, 2007 14:31:15  
Ted Fang, Asian Week Editor
Please can you let Kenneth Eng, the editor who made racist statement about blacks that he should respect people, do blacks make racist statement about Asians, why they the only race with slanted eyes or why Asians try to paint thier faces white or try to be white, in reality they are not, when they die liked every one else, the pathologist will not list them as white, but Asian,let him know not to hate other poeople. because blacks have did him no harm, repect others.  

Dredge Kang   Mar 01, 2007 14:10:59  
Kenneth Eng is wrong. But he is not alone, and, whether I like it or not, he probably represents the opinions of a significant proportion of Asian Americans, and all Americans. Free speech, hateful or not, needs to be open. What I would have expected, however, are simultaneous opinions that balance and contextualize such thought, in particular, to show how easy it is to be misled.  

Cyrus Alexander   Mar 01, 2007 13:40:44  
no seriously. I want to read the article. You had enough journalistic grit to publish it. you can send a copy to my email. Don't curtail the discourse - be honest.  

Mr. Fang   Mar 01, 2007 13:31:11  
Nice to know you are editing the postings. Tell Samson to go blow himself.  

Ellen Greenberg   Mar 01, 2007 13:30:45  
The apology is not sufficient. The editor responsible for approving Eng's columns also needs to be fired. It's apparent that Eng is a seriously unhinged, untalented bigot, and the only reason to run his columns in the first place was to stir controversy. This is a very cheap shot. I sincerely hope that Asian Week's advertisers take this seriously and find better places to spend their dollars, and that Asian Week suffers consequences commensurate with the total absence of editorial judgement they've exhibited.  

Cyrus Alexander   Mar 01, 2007 13:29:27  
Where is the article? Make it available. You "printed" it. It should be able to stand in the digital record.  

KAKA BRUCE   Mar 01, 2007 13:20:33  
I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND WHAT MR. ENG SAID, BUT FROM READING THE SUBMITTED COMMENTS IT MUST NOT HAVE BEEN TOO FLATTERING TO AFRICAN -AMERICANS. MAYBE THESE AFRICAN-AMERICANS SHOULD STOP BUYING WIGS AND HAIR CARE PRODUCTS FROM ASIANS AND STOP EATING AT THEIR FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS? I WONDER IF MR. ENG'S OPINION WOULD CHANGE IF HIS ASIANS BROTHERN START HATIN ON HIM FOR THE LOSS OF THEIR BUSINESS?  

Ellen Greenberg   Mar 01, 2007 12:55:16  
The apology is not sufficient. The editor responsible for approving Eng's columns also needs to be fired. It's apparent that Eng is a seriously unhinged, untalented bigot, and the only reason to run his columns in the first place was to stir controversy. This is a very cheap shot. I sincerely hope that Asian Week's advertisers take this seriously and find better places to spend their dollars, and that Asian Week suffers consequences commensurate with the total absence of editorial judgement they've exhibited.  

Ellen Greenberg   Mar 01, 2007 12:48:25  
The apology is not sufficient. The editor responsible for approving Eng's columns also needs to be fired. It's apparent that Eng is a seriously unhinged, untalented bigot, and the only reason to run his columns in the first place was to stir controversy. This is a very cheap shot. I sincerely hope that Asian Week's advertisers take this seriously and find better places to spend their dollars, and that Asian Week suffers consequences commensurate with the total absence of editorial judgement they've exhibited.  

keissad   Mar 01, 2007 12:41:49  
How sad that he would say such things and base them on such nonsense. First of all,he should take a history class. Jewish people were enslaved for a thousand years and none would claim the Hebrews are weak--slavery has nothing to do with that.

The claims that black people hate Asians is also ridiculous--the whole article is garbage anyhow--there are so many bridges that have been built over the years, appreciation and celebrating of the culture's differences and embracing of the similarities.

Sigh. The holes in his petty article are too numerous to get into. And I'm sure that this will just get him more publicity for his work, which is probably the real objective to this his piece. Those that are bigots are bigots against all people, including their own culture--hence his article "Why I Hate Asians." If that article was as offensive as this one, I'm surprised that he wasn't fired before now. Maybe it was excused because he is Asian and most people feel that criticisms of ones own culture are acceptable, I don't know. While humor or criticism is different within a certain degree, ignorance needs to be checked appropriately regardless. Yes, like a comment I read here says, we all have our biases--though more people are, hopefully, not truly racist but have become tainted by hurtful information--but open dialog is helpful whereas unabashed hate spewing is just ignorance and hate propaganda cloaked under free speech.

What I do know is that such uninformed people need to open their eyes and realize that there's much more to the world than their limited experiences. The narcissism which is so commonly a part of the psychological make-up of such people clouds their understanding and prevents them from truly learning about others, no matter how much knowledge they accumulate. It's really, really sad.  

KES   Mar 01, 2007 12:28:29  
I was shocked after reading Mr. Eng's latest column. His opinion was hateful and should not have been allowed space on your pages. While he is free to express his hate, your paper didn't have to broadcast his message.

However, I question how this discussion of Mr. Eng's article is being handled. The easiest way to get past this episode is to condemn him and move on. However, I believe race relations to be a much more complicated affair to be treated in this manner. While wholesale negative labeling of an entire ethnic group should not be permitted, many African Americans' words and actions to Asian Americans invite certain individuals to reach his/her own conclusions about the quality of those African Americans' character. In those cases where an African American (or any other individual for that matter) is acting in a offensive manner, is it ok for an individual of another ethnic group to criticize that person? Or is it ill-advised to express one's opinion just because the party giving offense is African American or another member of an ethnic minority group?  

Bill Kogee   Mar 01, 2007 11:58:03  
Is this an actual magazine? Are your editors 12 year olds like Kenneth Eng? I'm still loving the columns you have posted where Kenny boy rants at "Aryans" and "Negros" not to mention "sell-out" Asians. You all should hook up with the KKK - they'd love the infantile and hateful quality of your shithouse magazine.  

Mae Koen   Mar 01, 2007 11:26:39  
This individual is obviously uninformed. He is only looking at the surface and cannot judge the experience unless he has lived it. There is a film called "Good-bye Uncle Tom" that tells the bitter truth of the slave trade and is a gross enactment of slavery as it really was. I strongly suggest that Mr. Eng view this epic and then I would like to see what opinion he has.  

don't be fooled   Mar 01, 2007 10:40:15  
I am an Asian woman who lived in UK for many years and came over to this country a few years ago. On the TVs of the UK and US, I see images of black people in negative lights all the time, mainly crimes of various petty kind. I also see images of black people being victim of major kinds, killings of horrendous nature. I also see images of asian people in negative light, gangster, or insignificant figures in movies, but I know from real life, situations are very different. In real life, each individual is just another humanbeing, race is so superficial and we all have the same feelings and hopes. Why would we waste life dwelling on the negative comments from this particular asian, or that particular black person on that radio show downgrading each other. Stop this obsessed behaviour and treat the next person with human dignity. At least try, That's all each of us need to do.  

AlmostGood   Mar 01, 2007 10:33:59  
I, too, find the double standard to be an interesting point of note.

However with that aside, it does not excuse the rather infantile rantings of, what would seem to be, a spoiled child. He speaks in absolutes. If I read correctly, he's in his early to mid 20's. He seems to think, as most did when they were in their 20's, that he has the world completely figured out and we should all listen to his wisdom. However, a wise man knows when to keep his mouth shut and just contemplate what he believes rather than spewing it into the world like so much bile.

I can not know the purpose, or the reason, behind the piece that he wrote, or the preceding pieces that I've just recently read (why I hate asians, God's profile), but I do know they all read the same way. It's his right, as an American to believe and say whatever he wants to. But it's my right as an American and a consumer to never buy anything that has his name on it.  

D Hater   Mar 01, 2007 10:32:00  
You bunch of pussies. Haven't you ever heard of survival of the fitest? Whomever is in charge now is there because they are the fitest, mentally, physically and forcibly. There's nothing you can do about it. Every time you take time to pity the week the weeker you make this country and our world. F.O.  

A Fellow Newsie   Mar 01, 2007 10:28:51  
Given the history of slavery, lynching and systematic racism that blacks have suffered in this country, didn't you guys realize that Eng's article was going to cause an uproar? What in God's name were you thinking!?
As a white guy, let me give you some advice - if you are going to make fun of somebody, make it be white people. As a general rule, they are the only people in this country that nobody feels sorry for.
The only people who can criticize black people is other black people and you folks should have known that.
Oh, and by the way . . . the one thing that I do agree with Eng about Miss Jones on Hot 97. That woman is an obnoxious, foul-mouthed, bigot who should be fired for her continuous racist remarks and low-brow generalizations. If she were white, she would have been fired a long time ago. See? People are probably already thinking I am a racist for criticizing one black person. You guys criticized all black people. Way to put your own head on the chopping block, but, like they say, "there is no such thing as bad publicity." I bet your web page has 100x the hits that it had last week. If that was your intention all along, then it worked.  

chris mora   Mar 01, 2007 10:11:30  
I am actually pretty sure Mr. Eng is certifiably insane and delusional, and Im not joking when I say that. Look at all the signs. He has admitted that he rarely leaves his house, he seems to speak publicly by shouting, even advocating standing up during movies to protest any injustices, and seems to have an irrational and unreasonable amount of ego. We can tell that he doesnt really have a lot of life experience or even many positive interactions with people just from his writings.

And then, the police officers he dealt with in a previous column (hxxp://news.asianweek.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=e50d589d0b9f6987fac2f6fccc940053) (and seemingly the hospital and the lawyers), all want nothing to do with him and even went as far as saying he was crazy. Im sorry, sometimes police officers can be a little rude, but how many times do they accuse someone of being crazy? And how would anyone know about the \"dragonmaster\" title unless he was someone shouting it out? And in what instance, besides book signings, would it ever be appropriate for Mr. Eng to publicly tell strangers that he wrote a \"dragonmaster\" book?

After reading his past posts and interviews, I have become less worried about this guy as a racist, and have become more concerned about him a person in need of mental health care. He seems to be a paranoid schizophrenic who just happens to have (more specifically, had) access to publicly air his views. I dont really blame Asian week too much, as I dont expect a free newspaper to have the budget or perform the due diligence in editing that maybe a larger paper would have. But Im sure they learned from their mistakes. And hopefully there is someone out there who can ensure that Mr. Eng gets the help he requires.  

John   Mar 01, 2007 09:44:09  
The apology is a good start, however I think the editorial staff responsible for featuring Kenneth Eng in the first place need to be removed. Though I cannot find the article in question, after reading other examples of Kenneth Eng's consistently twisted, misguided, and hateful pieces I serioulsy call into question the judgement that went into printing his work in the first place. For the community at large, I question why the piece entitled "Why I Hate Asians" did not trigger a similar level of outrage.  

keto   Mar 01, 2007 09:42:26  
I was disappointed that the editorial staff let such a blatently hateful piece run. In no way to I think Eng's views are representative of Asian Americans or Asians in general; but they may have some reflection of the AsianWeek staff. When I'm visit the Bay Area, I pick up your paper. Do I now have to read your stories through a new set of mental filters?  

Marvin Palatt   Mar 01, 2007 09:31:57  
Dear Ms. Taylor.
Does your comment suggest that Asians are in awe of blacks because they have large penises? Statements like "Not enough manhood between his legs" is a very nice way to continue the type of racism that you say you are too proud to indulge in! I do not hate blacks, or any other "group" of people. I have very low esteem for people, not groups, who attempt to use other's racism as an excuse for their own bigotry. Now that I know you teach your daughter that Asians are angry because they have smaller penises than blacks (not necessarily so) I have reason to hold you responsible for the racist background of your "proud" black daughter.  

DF   Mar 01, 2007 09:30:57  
Dear AsianWeek: So AFTER ALL of the Asian racial stereotypes of the meek little, submissive, quiet, short, geeky, or just plain inscrutable chinese male---we finally have an Asian Male speak his mind...Where was the "editor's apology" after K Eng's articles disparaging whites and asians??? Where are the articles in Asianweek documenting the discrimination against Asians in SF public housing by certain "protected" groups? Where is the article about a well known Lesbian making "Ching Chong" jokes?...How about the article about a celebrity calling someone "the Chink"...And what about the articles regarding the murder of Chinese Indonesians and Christian Filipinos by a "certain religious group"??? Oh, I forgot, in America, you can only make jokes about white redneck males, crackers, southeners, Appalachian in-breds and the wimpy asian male and - one can never make comments about "CERTAIN" peoples...Mr Eng's so called "inflammatory" articles only show the hypocrisy of our current culture..... I will continue to read AsianWeek, I will not buckle under the new censorship called "hate speech".....AND to ALL peoples of ALL colors---you have a common heritage that you may not know about...We are all HUMAN, so let's cut the crap...I have met open minded people in the "sticks" and vile racists that hide under "liberalism" in the cities...This is just so basic- take people as individuals and not make racist generalizations.....To Asianweek- thank you for making your readers' comments known.....  

Vietnhi Phuvan   Mar 01, 2007 09:20:00  
It's OK for AsianWeek to claim to be the voice of the Asian American community, but does AsianWeek have to be inclusive to the point of giving our home-grown bigots a soapbox and a megaphone? Who's next to speak, idiots, jerks, losers, pedophiles? human traffickers? Come on, we've got to draw the line somewhere.

This whole flap goes to show that bigots are not the voice of the community - they hijack it as extremist elements are wont to do. At any rate, I do thank you for teaching me this very valuable lesson at your expense :) And one more thing: as a news outlet, AsianWeek was supposed to report the story, not BE the story :)

So long, geniuses :)  

God of the Univers   Mar 01, 2007 08:34:21  
Kenneth, you pencil dicked chump. You aren't even god of your own toilet.  

Eng is a Fool   Mar 01, 2007 08:32:11  
Oh yeah. Eng is an idiot who probably bought his way into college.

He is so stupid that CCSF would reject him.

Chump at large, Asian StepInFetchet  

The Terminator   Mar 01, 2007 08:27:59  
The editor is an idiot and should be fired.

Sounds like he has S--T for brains! No fricking common sense.

Where did he or she go to journalism school? At some mail order diploma mill in most likelihood.  

Tammie S.   Mar 01, 2007 08:26:52  
I am African American. In my neighborhood Asians make a very good living feeding the stereotypes listed by Mr. Eng. with knock-off designer goods and fake hair.
I don't think he should be fired because it won't do anything for the climate of race relations in our Country or Anywhere else for that matter.
I have to say that I read it and honestly the biggest issue I had was with the fact that I wasn't at all shocked or suprised by what I read.
I do find it laughable that Mr. Eng blames his feelings about blacks partially on mainstream media movies produced by white movie makers. Not sure about the reasoning but hey, I suppose you get it where you can.
The apology is also of no consequence in my opinion. We all know that you don't really apologize for what was printed. You have editors and such to do quality control--right?
You are sorry that everyone was so pissed because the truth of the matter is that pissed off folks affect readership. Right?
This whole deal is so sad and laughable because it is just more of the same...
I wonder what might happen if someone discussed Asian "Massage" Parlors, eyelid surgery or store keeper ettiquette(sp) in reference to Asians operating in "black" neighborhoods as reasons to hate an entire group of Americans of Asian descent...Oh well.
Peace to you and your "opinions" and "politics" and to your "writer?" Mr. Eng.
At the very least you are not hiding anymore and that is worth something...right?  

Dave   Mar 01, 2007 08:26:09  
I think the current board of editors should be fired, and replaced by an entirely brand new staff of: an Anglo-American, Jewish American, African American, Hispanic American, Chinese American, Japanese American, Korean American, Philipino American, SE Asian American, Hawaiian American. Because, if you want to have a diverse, tolerant, inclusive environment, there must be a form of "Checks and Balances" to those ideas and opinions that are printed for public discourse. It seems to me that Ken Eng has written other racist editorial comments in the past which went unnoticed perhaps because he was not touching on "politically sensitive issues" such as gay and lesbian marriages, the Holocaust, slavery, etc. This time he did, and a land-mine blew up. He deserved to be fired. Like it or not, he is a public figure. His ideas and opinions are circulated for all to see. He has a responsiblity to set a higher standard in public dialogue and thought.

I am shocked that Ken Eng describes himself proudly as an
"Asian supremist." What a disgrace! Asian supremists remind me of how the Imperial Japanese of the 1930s brainwashed a new generation of youth, just as the Imperial Italians and Germans of the 1930s also did with their youth.

I believe it is clear that the Asian Weekly needs to become multi-dimensional in its approach and representation of Asian Americans. There are non-Asians who care about Asian culture, and I believe that they can contribute much to your editorial staff. Their faces may not be Asian, but their hearts and minds are. It's time that new voices make a positive difference.  

EZ-E   Mar 01, 2007 08:20:03  
It's funny how this "Why I hate Black People" article has drawn so much attention. AsianWeek has fallen right into the "You should feel sorry for the blacks" trap that is fueled via the media by the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Although this article, nor any of Eng's op's should not have been published, he's only expressing what's buried deep down inside of us all. I’m all for the “Free Speech” gig being that we ARE in AMERICA!!! I support Kenneth Eng’s statements. Not only his statements against blacks, but also his statements against whites and Asians. We are all inherently racist to a certain degree. So, don’t try and convice others that you are not - because you are.

What is most interesting to me is not the articles or the author of them, but sitting back and watching the puppets of Sharpton/Jackson scramble around doing town meetings and sensitivity training. AsianWeek should just go for the gusto and check all of themselves into rehab, HAHAHAHA (sarcastingly speaking, of course).

As a white male, the only offense that I see here is that AsianWeek is succumbing to “black” public pressure, which is exactly where they want everyone to be.  

Tammie S.   Mar 01, 2007 08:19:13  
I am African American. In my neighborhood Asians make a very good living feeding the stereotypes listed by Mr. Eng. with knock-off designer goods and fake hair.
I don't think he should be fired because it won't do anything for the climate of race relations in our Country or Anywhere else for that matter.
I have to say that I read it and honestly the biggest issue I had was with the fact that I wasn't at all shocked or suprised by what I read.
I do find it laughable that Mr. Eng blames his feelings about blacks partially on mainstream media movies produced by white movie makers. Not sure about the reasoning but hey, I suppose you get it where you can.
The apology is also of no consequence in my opinion. We all know that you don't really apologize for what was printed. You have editors and such to do quality control--right?
You are sorry that everyone was so pissed because the truth of the matter is that pissed off folks affect readership. Right?
This whole deal is so sad and laughable because it is just more of the same...
I wonder what might happen if someone discussed Asian "Massage" Parlors, eyelid surgery or store keeper ettiquette(sp) in reference to Asians operating in "black" neighborhoods as reasons to hate an entire group of Americans of Asian descent...Oh well.
Peace to you and your "opinions" and "politics" and to your "writer?" Mr. Eng.
At the very least you are not hiding anymore and that is worth something...right?  

M H   Mar 01, 2007 08:16:40  
I don't understand why is this a huge issue? So an Asian guy whom nobody knows wrote an article about why HE hates black is wrong, but when somebody make racial remarks toward Asian people and nobody cares??

Remember the Tsunami song from the crews at Miss Jones in the Morning, WQHT/Hot 97? That song made repeated reference to Asian people as “screaming chinks” and “little Chinamen”. Nobody cared about that.

And remember what Rosie O’Donnell said on the view about Asian people in China? Nobody seem to care about that either.

Why do black people get all the attention when it comes to racism? Why must only black people be victims when it comes to racism? Hypocrite much…?  

M H   Mar 01, 2007 08:14:56  
I don't understand why is this a huge issue? So an Asian guy whom nobody knows wrote an article about why HE hates black is wrong, but when somebody make racial remarks toward Asian people and nobody cares??

Remember the Tsunami song from the crews at Miss Jones in the Morning, WQHT/Hot 97? That song made repeated reference to Asian people as “screaming chinks” and “little Chinamen”. Nobody cared about that.

And remember what Rosie O’Donnell said on the view about Asian people in China? Nobody seem to care about that either.

Why do black people get all the attention when it comes to racism? Why must only black people be victims when it comes to racism? Hypocrite much…?  

audrey johnson   Mar 01, 2007 08:09:11  
The person who approved the article should be fired..  

Kevin Prince   Mar 01, 2007 07:35:03  
It is wonderful that we can see these kinds of statements to hopefully erase the memory of hateful speech. However, it will take time and continued effort on each of our parts to more forward past this incident. Thank you Asian Week. I am sorry that I had to learn about your publication through this very dreadful experience. As an African American, I hope to use your powerful resource among others to stay aware of issues and topics important to the Asian American community.
Namaste,
KP  

Pamela Taylor   Mar 01, 2007 07:23:23  
I am very upset and belive the editor Kenneth Eng, should be FIRED!!! for the hurtful comments towards the Black race.
As a proud Black women, with a proud Black daughter and proud Black grandaughters. I too belive the ediltor that allowed the piece should be FIRED!!! as well. NOT ENOUGH MANHOOD BETWEEN THE LEGS OF KENNETH, MORE LIKELY TO BE THE REASON, HE HATES BLACKS!!  

Joe   Mar 01, 2007 07:05:17  
Mr Eng had an opinion and this "newspaper" 's editors saw that his opinion had some merit. I agree with them. Opinion encourages discussion. To fire this young man in hopes that his firing will show how much this publication encourages racial understanding is cowardly, indeed.  

Raymond Guerrier   Mar 01, 2007 06:40:22  
My Asian brothas-N-sistas from another motha,we don't hate you guys. We have seen how weary haters eventually get! We the experts at shakin hataz off!!! Humanity is immicable to us, we the people of the Nile Rift Valley,THE SON AND DAUGHTERS of The Ethiopia King of Kings Menes have been dispersed all over the world,we have been distracted for a bit.
It's only fair, "Kings rise and Fall"! Even your turn will come again. Keep in mind, there is not one African country with natural poverty,it's all man made! We have every natural resource known to MAN! Holla when back when your manufacturing industry crrrumblezzzz.In true African fashion...sometimes LATE, we will always take care for our prodical sonz-N-daughters.
Check this out son;Nowe(Thebes)Pre-his-tory, Memphis 3100 B.C.,Rome(village)1000 B.C., a town in 250 B.C.,Athens a village in 1200 B.C.,a city 360 B.C., Antioch 400 B.C.,Jerusalem 1400 B.C. and Babylon 2100 B.C.

We did not just pop up here after the CIVIL-RIGHTS MOVEMENT.We have had our turn!!4500 B.C. might not mean any thing to most but we did not just move from the most fertile and prosperous region of the WORLD and end up all over the place. We were and always will be hospitable peolpe.
We let the brothas who wandered in on their camels seeking refuge and make a life for themselves in North AFRICA just as we have done in the HOODZ.Despite being the last hired and the first fired,we are our brothas keepers!We will bear thier burdens despite what others think.

PS. Peace unto Phillipe Guerrier my great-great grandfather.Napolean's best had to lean back.
Have homeboy do some real HISTORY before he come trying to stunt with that bull!
PEACE!!!  

CJM   Mar 01, 2007 06:29:19  
Speaking as a Black person, I totally disagree with what Ken Eng said. Yes it's his "opinion," and he has a right to speak his opinion but what he has written is not factual. It is based on probably a small group of individuals he has encountered. I am not racist, I do not "hate" Asians and I do not hate "whites." I don't agree with everything that humans do, look how I used the word human because at the end of the day that's what we are, HUMAN. It is sad that Ken Eng believes this about Black people in a whole, yes there is pain and hurt in the Black community, yes there is still today racism against Blacks and there are some Blacks who struggle but what I admire about most Black people is that they have overcome the struggles and have moved on. No one is perfect, not Blacks, not whites, not Asians, not Hispanics, etc., because once again we are humans and as a human race, we were not put on this earth to be perfect human beings. God does not look at us as a race, we will not be judged because of our race and that's what you need to focus on Mr. Eng.  

Ross   Mar 01, 2007 06:26:37  
Fier the edditor two....i can do A bitter job  

dee dopson   Mar 01, 2007 06:24:33  
one more person expressing there superiority because of his race, educational or economic status, it's a shame that your magazine would publish something like this.. just imagine what would happen if we were @ war with an asian country instead of iraq..  

e   Mar 01, 2007 05:59:27  
The prblem America is that we have free speech only if it does not tell the truth. The problem here is that when you speak the truth about race, the aithor is balmed instead of the problem. Blacks in America are an uneducatable, racist and violent group more to themselves, then to others. Look at the world and its cities and it speaks for itselt. Tokyo or Nirobi, Haiti or St. Lucia, Africa or Europe, who % is in the jails and why. The only way to solve the Blacks' prblems are to face the truth about them. Believe what you see, not what Governments tell you is politically correct. America is suffering with race problems caused by the governments message and untruths about the problem.  

Raymond Guerrier   Mar 01, 2007 05:34:49  
Wow!!Should we(AA) really be suprised? Asian people do have thier own pecking order,now I understand why Asians with darker skin are percieved the way they are.I always thought Asians were introspective,driven and peaceful.Psyche!!!!
I guess out of the bilions of Asians on this dear planet, there are no "ganstas",pimps(oh i almost forgot about Mamasan), hookaz-n-hoes. All Asians are doctors and scientists.
In the words of the South Philly folk,"all youz iz smart!!! Lol!
Anyway, let's cut the Bull-@#&, we know most peolpe might not say it to our faces but WE KNOW HOW YOU GUYS FEEL ABOUT US!!!!! Regardless of how forgiving whe are ,we are still seen as complaining, shiftless niggers! News-flash!!! We are not surprized!!!!! Thanks for having the balls to be honest.
BLACK PEOPLE ARE NOT AS PATHETIC AND SHIFTLESS AS YOU MIGHT THINK, WE ARE MERELY CONDUCTING OUR RECON-MISSIONS.
I had the pleasure of having an Asian young lady at St.joseph's University call me "black garbage"! masters degree and all, "bLACK GARBAGE"!!!! Thanks for reminding us to be vigilant,never forget and supporting your stores in our neighborhoods. Maybe we should not give a sh*t about what we're called, as long as we're not called collect! Better yet, we should take a page out of the Italian's book,"Pay-Ta-Play"!!!! It's only fair right? How about this, not a single dollar to a single Asian business! How ya like dem apples?  

Angel Heard   Mar 01, 2007 05:08:46  
As an African American woman I wasn’t angered by the article, I was hurt. SOMBODY had to have read that article before it was published but decided to let it run anyway despite who it might hurt. To hear the outrage in the voices of the people and now print a retraction is cowardly. AsianWeek has received national attention at the expense of many people; African Americans in particular. Believe it or not, we share a common history in our contributions to building this country. African Americans and Asian Americans were working side by side to build bridges and railroads, remember? I have deep love and respect for the Asian and Asian American communities so I hope this incident with only work to strengthen the relationship between us.  

EZ-E   Mar 01, 2007 04:47:06  
It's funny how this "Why I hate Black People" article has drawn so much attention. AsianWeek has fallen right into the "You should feel sorry for the blacks" trap that is fueled via the media by the likes of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Although this article, nor any of Eng's op's should not have been published, he's only expressing what's buried deep down inside of us all. I’m all for the “Free Speech” gig being that we ARE in AMERICA!!! I support Kenneth Eng’s statements. Not only his statements against blacks, but also his statements against whites and Asians. We are all inherently racist to a certain degree. So, don’t try and convice others that you are not - because you are.

What is most interesting to me is not the articles or the author of them, but sitting back and watching the puppets of Sharpton/Jackson scramble around doing town meetings and sensitivity training. AsianWeek should just go for the gusto and check all of themselves into rehab, HAHAHAHA (sarcastingly speaking, of course).

As a white male, the only offense that I see here is that AsianWeek is succumbing to “black” public pressure, which is exactly where they want everyone to be.  

Sara   Mar 01, 2007 04:07:26  
Eng should be fired when Hot 97 fires Miss Jones.

Her comments were much more racist and yet she only got a slap on the wrist.  

Haven   Mar 01, 2007 04:02:09  
As an african american living in this country, I find it highly disturbing that you would let such hatred be a reflection of AsianWeek. After reading Mr. Eng previous articles any rational thinking warm blooded person would realize this was not a mistake.This young man has gone so far as to disrespect his own race there for showing that this publication itself has no regard for the people they're trying to sell newspapers to. Now I understand that it was only a matter of time for this article to come out. Apparently his previous editorials weren't buzz worthy. AsianWeek should be doing alot more than just apologizing and using this man's rants as a way to increase revenue.

Peace be with you and I hope you learn from this chaos.  

Haven   Mar 01, 2007 04:01:40  
As an african american living in this country, I find it highly disturbing that you would let such hatred be a reflection of AsianWeek. After reading Mr. Eng previous articles any rational thinking warm blooded person would realize this was not a mistake.This young man has gone so far as to disrespect his own race there for showing that this publication itself has no regard for the people they're trying to sell newspapers to. Now I understand that it was only a matter of time for this article to come out. Apparently his previous editorials weren't buzz worthy. AsianWeek should be doing alot more than just apologizing and using this man's rants as a way to increase revenue.

Peace be with you and I hope you learn from this chaos.  

deb   Mar 01, 2007 03:32:13  
TheMindofCharlieCastro@yahoo.com Your comments are that of an (racist?) idiot. If this man had written this article about YOUR race would you be so ready to claim a right to say such nasty things? Baby I been Black along time (all my life) and this is one of the worst acts of racism I have seen in print in a long time. NO RACE should be abashed like this under ANY circumstances. How can you defend someones right to hurt someone else. Step to the light Carol Anne so we can see your hood for real!  

Just Jo   Mar 01, 2007 00:38:38  
As an assistant editor of a newspaper much smaller than Asian Week, I must say that I am deeply disturbed that a column like this even made it to print. If one of my columnists had submitted hateful trash like this, I not only would have sent it back, I would have also given him or her a stern reminder about our editorial policy. If it ever happened again, I would urge my superiors to pull the column altogether. The fact this is, apparently, not the policy of Asian Week says volumes about this paper's editorial board to me. The apology is nice, but it doesn't go far enough. The editor who allowed this through should either resign or be fired immediately. At the very lest s/he should be suspended for a good period of time. This is the most irresponsible piece of journalism I've yet read this year, and in my job I have to read quite a bit.  

sir asianlot   Feb 28, 2007 23:08:19  
thanks asian week. now black people hate us.  

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Mark Smith   Feb 28, 2007 22:44:24  
How could something like this happen in today's age of enlightenment? The answer to this conundrum is quite simple. Racism is, unfortunately, woven into today's society, even with the advancement of mankind notwithstanding. I, being a man of Afro American decent, know full well about the barriers and stereo types those of us of substantive accomplishment still have to face today. I oft-times ask myself why does my mere presents put some into a disposition of reticence and fear; thus prompting me to sometimes question what I did wrong or ask what should I do differently to bring those who are uncomfortable at ease.

I have come to the conclusion that this type of mindset is not my problem; it is those stricken with the sickness of limited thinking who bear the load of making a change in their view of the diversity around them.
I also believe instead of using our energy to denounce and admonish the author, we should take a deep look into what is being said in the attempt to understand what fuels some of the racist thoughts that beleaguer us and permeates into every part of lives. You have to expose the dirt in order to clean; not sweep it under the carpet.  

Charlie Castro   Feb 28, 2007 22:40:39  
Yo, I am Charlie Castro and this is my mind and view on the article. We live in America. The country of the free. Free everything. This country was built on the sole basis of freedom. Freedom of speech is one of the things we all cherish and love about America. So why do we send a lynch mob at a man who just practices his freedoms. Eddy Murphy plays a China man in Norbet and makes fun of Chinese people, but he receives millions. Where is the NAACP calling a meeting and supporting the other people of color. The yellow people. My is Norbet not being pulled for racism. Come on America. Let people express and practice their freedoms. The article might not have been politically correct and offended many, but a person has the freedom to speak. Lets not be hypocrites. If those who are truly offended are true to themselves, then they need to be willing to punish their own kind for the same thing. Realize it people, we are put on this earth to live together. We are lucky we are all in America. Learn about the laws that govern us as citizens and humans of this country. Let people have their opinions. Lets those agree and disagree. Understand what is written and why it is written. Look in the mirror before stone are thrown at glass houses. Hope this helps some.

Charlie Castro

TheMindofCharlieCastro@yahoo.com  

Cheneec B.   Feb 28, 2007 22:36:51  
As an African American woman, I find it disturbing how everyone residing in this nation seems to pussyfoot around the apparent racism that is still in existence to date. I find it even more ridiculous that Asian Week has apologized for making a supposed “editorial mistake.” If we as American people- not blacks, white, Sikhs, Muslim, or any other ethnicity and/or culture dwelling on this soil, but Americans- embrace our rights to speak freely in a manner of intellectual observations sufficient in facts and not mere assumptions, then we might be able to become a less hypocritical people.

As for my personal address to Mr. Kenneth Eng: Learn the history of this nation thoroughly. In fact, try learning the backgrounds of all of the nations perceived to be in a state of power. Little do you know, the Asians throughout the generations have faced much of the same discriminations that African Americans have endured. Look up U.S. policies such as the Naturalization Act of 1790, and the Alien Land Law of 1913. Your ignorance and misconceptions of MY history and that of the NATION’S is exactly why the state of our society’s progression has no apparent hope. Stop being confined to believe that all of the people of the BLACK culture are cheating, uniformed morons.  

Dick York   Feb 28, 2007 22:22:44  
My aren't you weak willed Asian Week? While I am not here to defend nor condemn what Mr. Eng had to say about blacks in his "offending" column, this was not the first column he has written on racial matters. There was "Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us" on November 26, 2006, "Why I Hate Asians" on January 12, 2007 and other non-politically correct articles written by this man.

It is unfortunate that you pulled only one of his articles and shows your political correctness and fear of the black power structure. Mr. Eng is an insignificant writer with very little power but by your course of action you made him and his point of view more powerful. Furthermore by kowtowing to the thugs of the black apologist movement you have denigrated yourselves. In your editorial/apology you gave blacks the credit for blazing the path to racial equality for Asians. How unfortunate. I always viewed Asians as superiorly educated, motivated and didn't require the need for a civil rights movement but blazed their own trails because of their ability to thrive anywhere.

Ooops, I guess I must be a "racist".  

Monsieur de la Gueronniere   Feb 28, 2007 21:50:48  
I don’t accept this fake statement and apology posted on AsianWeek.com. At best, it is a nice attempt at damage control. It was probably written the moment the article received a green light. I don’t believe that Kenneth Eng’s article went to publication totally unnoticed. Then, who is running the shop? The editorial desk action and/or inaction in this matter amount to screaming fire in a very crowded theatre. Respondeat superior obliged, Eng took the fall, and he was only terminated. Florence Fang, James Fang and Ted Fang silence and invisibility speak volume. May be they think that everything will be ok if Nancy Pelosi and Mike Honda names are mentioned in the statement. Nancy Pelosi and Mike Honda are regular recipients of checks from Florence Fang, but can they help with this? Will they ask the hard questions? Will they do their best not to offend a donor? They will posture for their financial donors and their core voters at the expense of the under-represented. Indeed all politic is local, but this is a national outrage to Africans, member of the African Diaspora and African Americans everywhere. Nancy Pelosi and Mike Honda do not patronize Asians stores on a daily basis in African American communities throughout the nation, the aforementioned do. Now since the “voice of the Asian American community” has been heard, it is up to us, the people who interact with Asians and Asian American business owners that must rethink who we do business with and the nature of our relationships.  

rick p   Feb 28, 2007 21:30:01  
As the country-western tune says, \"The more people I meet, the more I love my dog.\"  

Joe   Feb 28, 2007 21:20:25  
Mr Eng had an opinion and this "newspaper" 's editors saw that his opinion had some merit. I agree with them. Opinion encourages discussion. To fire this young man in hopes that his firing will show how much this publication encourages racial understanding is cowardly, indeed.  

Menard Soliven   Feb 28, 2007 21:19:57  
Mr. Eng's argument that, unlike Blacks, Asians are not weak-willed as demonstrated by the slaughtering of the Russians by the Japs during the Japanese-Russo War is totally illogical and moronic. It suffers from a well-known logical fallacy known as "argumentum ad logicam", i.e. All Japs can fight back. All Japs are Asians. Therefore, all Asians can fight back. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he gets fired.  

James Ly   Feb 28, 2007 21:19:39  
First of all I am asain myself and I'm really against what Kenneth Eng has wrote. All nationality has it's good and bad history but for you to publish this out on an article where it is read by the local community. Word will spread out fast and now everyone will look down on us asians because of the opinion of one person. Apology is not enough to clear this matter, I believe you should contribute your earnings to the Black community has an apology for writing this article. I can't believe it was approved in the first place for this article to be even published out to the public. What AsianWeek should do is fire all current employees and hire a new staff because if it can happen once, im pretty sure it can happen again which it will reflect on us asain on how we are looked upon now.  

James Ly   Feb 28, 2007 21:14:39  
First of all I am asain myself and I'm really against what Kenneth Eng has wrote. All nationality has it's good and bad history but for you to publish this out on an article where it is read by the local community. Word will spread out fast and now everyone will look down on us asians because of the opinion of one person. Apology is not enough to clear this matter, I believe you should contribute your earnings to the Black community has an apology for writing this article. I can't believe it was approved in the first place for this article to be even published out to the public. What AsianWeek should do is fire all current employees and hire a new staff because if it can happen once, im pretty sure it can happen again which it will reflect on us asain on how we are looked upon now.  

James Ly   Feb 28, 2007 21:01:50  
First of all I am asain myself and I'm really against what Kenneth Eng has wrote. All nationality has it's good and bad history but for you to publish this out on an article where it is read by the local community. Word will spread out fast and now everyone will look down on us asians because of the opinion of one person. Apology is not enough to clear this matter, I believe you should contribute your earnings to the Black community has an apology for writing this article. I can't believe it was approved in the first place for this article to be even published out to the public. What AsianWeek should do is fire all current employees and hire a new staff because if it can happen once, im pretty sure it can happen again which it will reflect on us asain on how we are looked upon now.  

Mia   Feb 28, 2007 20:43:31  
MY OPINION ONLY ... I read the article and agree it should not be published, but it has opened up for discussion/debate. I feel some are true statements, however this would apply to blacks that are not educated and does not apply to all of the black race. I am Asian and also experienced remarks from blacks, not really from other races. I do believe it all starts at home with good parenting and having a good education. I also believe everyone has issues with other races...we are only humans after all. I hope some day that racism no longer exist, but I don\'t believe it will happen in my life time.  

Joe   Feb 28, 2007 20:17:41  
Mr Eng had an opinion and this "newspaper" 's editors saw that his opinion had some merit. I agree with them. Opinion encourages discussion. To fire this young man in hopes that his firing will show how much this publication encourages racial understanding is cowardly, indeed.  

ill dog   Feb 28, 2007 20:11:52  
Kill em all...No...but seriously, hate is hate...no matter the source...it's still hate and it only breeds more hate...

Love is not so easy to do sometimes...but's it's the only way to counteract the damage hate does to us all...  

Joe   Feb 28, 2007 20:09:39  
Mr Eng had an opinion and this "newspaper" 's editors saw that his opinion had some merit. I agree with them. Opinion encourages discussion. To fire this young man in hopes that his firing will show how much this publication encourages racial understanding is cowardly, indeed.  

Ken Eng   Feb 28, 2007 20:06:42  
I really don\'t see what the big deal is about my article. It was an opinion piece, and was presented as such.

I am sure there are those in the Asian-American community who agree with the views in my column. To those of you, please visit www.dnapress.com and consider purchasing one of my science fiction novels. I am the youngest published American author ever.

Thank you, keep reading. I will find another outlet for my column if AsianWeek chooses not to carry it.

Kenneth C. Eng  

Dionay Saypokgai   Feb 28, 2007 19:26:25  
I enjoyed the article from Asian Week, I think it should be distributed
widely in Oakland, maybe it was a way to vent a little steam about the
asians really having extremely small penises, I think in all reality they
want to be black, they want the bitches and the ho's, they want their baby
that got back, and they want to be players, with gold teeth caps, a ready
spliff and down with the hood.

Unfortunately, they are so subjected to the controlling forces of their
societal norms and expectations that they will never be able to be subject
to being allowed to go "Wilding" as they see the blacks do.

Thus they sit around the family table, sipping green tea, and dreaming,
longing for the day when they wake up and they too can slap their
Beeyaachuss in the face with their swinging meat hammers like the blacks do.
Until then, their wives will still needle them with the familiar "needle
dick the bug fucker" comparitive derogative.  

Gouligo Jones   Feb 28, 2007 19:13:39  
Mr ENG wrote an article in January titled: Why I hate Asian-Americans and NO ONE said a word. He wrote and article directed at Blacks and the WHOLE of America is coming down on him. DOUBLE STANDARD. Mr Eng brings up some valid points in his article.... The Truth Always Hurts The Most. That's why there is such an out rage. If the NAACP worked toward reducing Black,,,, Crime, Unwed mothers, High School Dropouts, Profanity in Rap Music, Domestic Violence,......then they would serve a purpose. Mr Eng just points out the obvious and visable problems! So lets hang him....  

Truthhurts   Feb 28, 2007 19:09:00  
Maybe we can get Lil Jordan the ASIAN rapper to rap about/inform people of the hateful Kenneth Eng. He has some nerve! Last I heard Asian's were not left off the KKK list of people to hate (e.g. gook,slant eyes etc). Who/what in HELL makes him think he is better than anyone in the black race? He had better think again. I would venture to say just about every race in this country including ASIAN's have taken something from the black race, whether that be in song,invention,literary works and the list can go on and on. These races should be force-fed Black history. African-Americans have contributed immensely to this nation and in fact the world.  

rfm   Feb 28, 2007 19:02:42  
It seems most of the comments on this page are from people who truly desire improved race relations.

Who should be hated are those who will not hesistate to kill you and your family for the money in your pocket. Race dialog ends, political correctness ceases when the bullets start to fly.

Always be aware, always be vigilent.  

rfm   Feb 28, 2007 18:57:33  
It seems most of the comments on this page are from people who truly desire improved race relations.

Who should be hated are those who will not hesistate to kill you and your family for the money in your pocket. Race dialog ends, political correctness ceases when the bullets start to fly.

Always be aware, always be vigilent.  

Tony H.   Feb 28, 2007 18:54:09  
"Why I Hate AsianWeek" AsianWeek fires the ignorant kid who wrote the article, but doesn't fire the editor that allowed this hate speech to reach and hurt the thousands that read it. I have lost complete trust in the editorial staff, or process, whatever they want to call it, and will no longer read the paper. I do not trust editors who has shown this much disregard.  

Victor Lyke   Feb 28, 2007 18:41:43  
I am a Black, well educated, man and I am for sure not the only one. I admit we are not always seen enough in our communities. And we need to be- more so!

However, I must congratulate you for the actions you have taken. There are enough (in fact, there are too many) racists of all colors and we don't need to give them full reign in expressing their racist sentiments to the detriment of others. I must admit that I read his article and his writing shows that he knows very little about African-Americans- especially what we as a people have had to deal with to be respected and earn our place as Americans in this country. We are people with feelings like any other race of people; and most of what he said was blind racism. African-Americans (or any race of people for that matter- including Asians) are not cut from the same cloth nor painted with the same brush. None of us are alike. I believe Mr. Eng failed to realize that point.

The God (Jehovah) I serve is non-partial and what he looks at is your character and your willingness to follow moral (Bible) principles. God is Love! And although he hates sin, he loves us all and set that example when he sent his Son (Jesus Christ) to redeem us from sin and death and to give mankind hope and life-even everlasting life on a paradise earth. He teaches us to love-not hate others of different races. He does not favor one race over another; and wants all of mankind to work to fill the earth with love-not hate! Anyone that promotes hate against any race of people is the follower of Satan, the Devil and is doing his biding- not that of Almighty God. And Yes, I consider myself a Christian; and I was by no way coerced into my faith neither am I weak-willed.


Victor  

Beavis   Feb 28, 2007 18:40:59  
Sad to see how this guy Eng From New York lash out the " Bad Blacks" in San Francisco. I do find Blacks that that are good friends to asian . I was from the East Coast (Philadelphia) and many Asian there have poor impression of blacks there due to broken homes and socio-neglect. The educated blacks are totally the opposite of Eng's views  

Victor Lyke   Feb 28, 2007 18:39:18  
I am a Black, well educated, man and I am for sure not the only one. I admit we are not always seen enough in our communities. And we need to be- more so!

However, I must congratulate you for the actions you have taken. There are enough (in fact, there are too many) racists of all colors and we don't need to give them full reign in expressing their racist sentiments to the detriment of others. I must admit that I read his article and his writing shows that he knows very little about African-Americans- especially what we as a people have had to deal with to be respected and earn our place as Americans in this country. We are people with feelings like any other race of people; and most of what he said was blind racism. African-Americans (or any race of people for that matter- including Asians) are not cut from the same cloth nor painted with the same brush. None of us are alike. I believe Mr. Eng failed to realize that point.

The God (Jehovah) I serve is non-partial and what he looks at is your character and your willingness to follow moral (Bible) principles. God is Love! And although he hates sin, he loves us all and set that example when he sent his Son (Jesus Christ) to redeem us from sin and death and give mankind hope and life-even everlasting life on a paradise earth. He teaches us to love-not hate others of different races. He does not favor one race over another; and wants all of mankind to work to fill the earth with love-not hate! Anyone that promotes hate against any race of people is the follower of Satan, the Devil and is doing his biding- not that of Almighty God. And Yes, I consider myself a Christian; and I was by no way coerced into my faith neither am I weak-willed.


Victor  

rfm   Feb 28, 2007 18:38:33  
It seems most of the comments on this page are from people who truly desire improved race relations.

Who should be hated are those who will not hesistate to kill you and your family for the money in your pocket. Race dialog ends, political correctness ceases when the bullets start to fly.

Always be aware, always be vigilent.  

ms   Feb 28, 2007 18:30:25  
My only comment is that I find it interesting that this is the column from the author that caused the most consternation and public outcry. Where was the apology and suspension when he wrote the piece about why he hates asians? Or the piece about why whites hate asians? This may have been his way of proving his own point...  

rfm   Feb 28, 2007 18:30:17  
It seems most of the comments on this page are from people who truly desire improved race relations.

Who should be hated are those who will not hesistate to kill you and your family for the money in your pocket. Race dialog ends, political correctness ceases when the bullets start to fly.

Always be aware, always be vigilent.  

TW   Feb 28, 2007 18:27:05  
This is soo sad.  

Steve Clark   Feb 28, 2007 18:19:36  
Does a 22year old who just sits and writes have enough life experience to make thse kinds of judgements.Look in the mirror Ken. Editorial staff must quality check whatever comes across the desk.Leave your personal feelings at the door PROFESSIONALISM only.  

j.p.   Feb 28, 2007 18:19:16  
Did the Princeton school paper's racist parody of Jian Li get any attention from CNN? And did the writers of that column get fired and castigated also?

Racism towards asians is mostly ignored. When a 22 year old clueless asian boy without PC skills tries his own version of "clever" - but really socially stupid & offensive - satire, he'll be held up as a national symbol of asian racism by the TV media.
But what made me upset was CNN's completely one sided coverage of this.
They interviewed kids complaining about Chinese store owners following them around -- acceptible. And they quoted a black professor bringing up the issue of Asian racism towards blacks -- acceptible.
They quoted Eng's offensive generalizations of black people, but they intentionally omitted the reason for tension on the Asian side -- not fair -- They omitted his statement that many asians often experience lots of personal racism from black people also. They completely ignored other side of the story, and did not show any personal interviews with asian leaders about their own experiences from their side.

Another thing, CNN refused to mention that the clueless Ken Eng also wrote a column titled "Why I hate Asians"

How many times has the media produced something offensive towards Asians? How many times was there a wide public rebuke and punishment for the artist or writer for it?

I'm upset at Eng's stupid and clueless essay racism towards blacks , and I'm upset at the EXTREME double standards by the mainstream media.  

Steve Clark   Feb 28, 2007 18:16:33  
Does a 22year old who just sits and writes have enough life experience to make thse kinds of judgements.Look in the mirror Ken.  

rfm   Feb 28, 2007 18:12:38  
It seems most of the comments on this page are from people who truly desire improved race relations.

Who should be hated are those who will not hesistate to kill you and your family for the money in your pocket. Race dialog ends, political correctness ceases when the bullets start to fly.

Always be aware, always be vigilent.  

get over it already   Feb 28, 2007 18:02:24  
Freedom of speach, let the kid have his voice. If they paper wanted to publish it thats is within their own right as well.

people are overly concerned about being \"PC\" and because of it every single minority is becomming outraged over little things that shouldn\'t mean anything. A prime example is the controversy of the snickers superbowl commercial. The kiss was homophobic but you know what it should be big hairy white guys who are offended that snickers would depict them in such a way, not the gay and lesbian community.

This article is clearly an opinion piece and like others have said before why hasn\'t there been an outcry to this guy\'s \"i hate asians\" or \"why whites hate asians\" pieces? only now there is a big fuss about it.

people are inherently racist whether they like it or not. I don\'t think that the writer should get fired, and neither should his editor. if you don\'t like it, don\'t read it. Everyone is doing exactly what the writer wanted, he wanted recognition he wanted to start something, everyone is feeding into his most likely over inflated ego. just get over it. big freaking deal.  

LZ   Feb 28, 2007 17:57:37  
I am waiting very patiently for a full explaination of exactly why and how this article recieved approval for publication. Please note that a communal boycott of your magazine is not in the least difficult.  

Aaron Jones   Feb 28, 2007 17:56:45  
What point was Kenneth Eng, one of your regular contributors, trying to make with this column? Was it supposed to be inside humor? Was he trying to spark a dialogue with his incendiary, extreme tone? I fear he will only exacerbate already-existing tensions between Asians & Blacks. If this is an example of this age's broad and pointed humor, it doesn't fly.

I heard about the column when the SF Supervisors passed a resolution condemning your publication and vowing to pull any City funds spent in the paper. I first thought it was an overarching case of political correctness brought on by misguided liberalism. I read the column, and I don't even know why Eng would want to stir up this hornet's nest among his own readership. He needs to answer for it, in another column. Though I am black, I'm not crusading for Eng's removal from your contributing staff, or demanding he be pilloried. I just don't see the good in that column. If black folk wrote a column entitled, "Why I Hate Asians", that person would have to answer for it, just as Mr. Eng should.

Aaron Jones  

Brian   Feb 28, 2007 17:45:02  
Reminder: Free speech isn't always comfortable or pleasant. If Mr. Eng wants to hate blacks, Jews, gays or whatever else you don'tm silence him, you let him. And you can feel free to ignore him, or even express your opinion that he's not a particularly good writer. He's a hack. There - I said it. Hack hack hack.  

Steve Yung   Feb 28, 2007 17:41:09  
Mr. Eng obviously suffers from penis envy.  

Villalobos   Feb 28, 2007 17:35:46  
Thanks to Kruise for the link - - good to read what the fuss is actually about. The article itself is poorly written, with ill-informed themes based on Eng's failure to gather facts, interpret them and reach sound conclusions. Looks like Eng took 5 minutes to think about the topic, and less than that to write it. I guess he gets points for a catchy title that would make David Duke proud...

The apology is as weak as the article itself. The editors not only allowed the article to be published, but they gave Eng a regular column. The editors are responsible for this article not just because they published it, but because they almost certainly knew what Eng was going to write and probably encouraged him to write it. No one can or should believe that it was a slip in the editorial process. Heads should roll.

At the end of the day, Eng's opinion is not hateful...it's just stupid. And when the world is looking at leaders like Barack Obama and so many others, it is painfully out of step.

I never thought AsianWeek was a relevant publication. Now I know it is irrelevant.  

Villalobos   Feb 28, 2007 17:34:14  
Thanks to Kruise for the link - - good to read what the fuss is actually about. The article itself is poorly written, with ill-informed themes based on Eng's failure to gather facts, interpret them and reach sound conclusions. Looks like Eng took 5 minutes to think about the topic, and less than that to write it. I guess he gets points for a catchy title that would make David Duke proud...

The apology is as weak as the article itself. The editors not only allowed the article to be published, but they gave Eng a regular column. The editors are responsible for this article not just because they published it, but because they almost certainly knew what Eng was going to write and probably encouraged him to write it. No one can or should believe that it was a slip in the editorial process. Heads should roll.

At the end of the day, Eng's opinion is not hateful...it's just stupid. And when the world is looking at leaders like Barack Obama and so many others, it is painfully out of step.

I never thought AsianWeek was a relevant publication. Now I know it is irrelevant.  

Darrick Herndon   Feb 28, 2007 17:29:59  
[edit] Ancient China
In ancient China, the lives of slaves were the hardest of all Chinese. Many rich Chinese families had slaves to do the menial work for them, both in the fields and at home. The Emperor and his court usually owned hundreds or even thousands of slaves. Most people were born slaves because their mothers were slaves; other people were sold into slavery to pay debts and others were captured in raids or battle.
---Wikipedia.org  

Kathleen Hoffman   Feb 28, 2007 17:27:43  
It's interesting to note not only the racist opinions that Mr. Eng expresses, but also the hypocrisy. He wrote an article in January 2007 titled "The Diary of an Attack" In his article Mr. Eng retells his experiece of being the victim of a racially motivated beating. Yet he writes an article that is racist and obviously the words of a bigot?  

Aaron Jones   Feb 28, 2007 17:15:25  
What point was Kenneth Eng, one of your regular contributors, trying to make with this column? Was it supposed to be inside humor? Was he trying to spark a dialogue with his incendiary, extreme tone? I fear he will only exacerbate already-existing tensions between Asians & Blacks. If this is an example of this age's broad and pointed humor, it doesn't fly.

I heard about the column when the SF Supervisors passed a resolution condemning your publication and vowing to pull any City funds spent in the paper. I first thought it was an overarching case of political correctness brought on by misguided liberalism. I read the column, and I don't even know why Eng would want to stir up this hornet's nest among his own readership. He needs to answer for it, in another column. Though I am black, I'm not crusading for Eng's removal from your contributing staff, or demanding he be pilloried. I just don't see the good in that column. If black folk wrote a column entitled, "Why I Hate Asians", that person would have to answer for it, just as Mr. Eng should.

Aaron Jones  

Bruce   Feb 28, 2007 17:14:47  
Man what are you thinking about this garbage needs to stop NOW!!! we are all human beings just wanting to make it in this WARPED WORLD just think of life this way OK peel off the skin and we all bleed RED. HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND!!!  

Michael C. Scott   Feb 28, 2007 16:59:28  
I find it quite curious that Asian Week did not find it necessary to apologize for Eng's recent anti-white vitriol.  

Chris Cruz   Feb 28, 2007 16:41:41  
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...to name a few...

(hmmm...what's their advertisers' stance on this article?)  

Kruise   Feb 28, 2007 16:12:42  
Asian Week, thanks for making asians look like idiots. People: go to the following link to read the article. www.nbc11.com/news/11128382/detail.html The cat is already out of the bag. Why hide it AsianWeek?  

Aaron Jones   Feb 28, 2007 16:11:09  
What point was Kenneth Eng, one of your regular contributors, trying to make with this column? Was it supposed to be inside humor? Was he trying to spark a dialogue with his incendiary, extreme tone? I fear he will only exacerbate already-existing tensions between Asians & Blacks. If this is an example of this age's broad and pointed humor, it doesn't fly.

I heard about the column when the SF Supervisors passed a resolution condemning your publication and vowing to pull any City funds spent in the paper. I first thought it was an overarching case of political correctness brought on by misguided liberalism. I read the column, and I don't even know why Eng would want to stir up this hornet's nest among his own readership. He needs to answer for it, in another column. Though I am black, I'm not crusading for Eng's removal from your contributing staff, or demanding he be pilloried. I just don't see the good in that column. If black folk wrote a column entitled, "Why I Hate Asians", that person would have to answer for it, just as Mr. Eng should.

Aaron Jones  

Jim Clark   Feb 28, 2007 16:11:09  
How nice it is for your publication to offer a chanec for readers to cleanse themselves. They get a free ride on the PC express, downgrading Ken while they get a chance to showcase their ability to exploit what one truly feels. The writers should look at themselves in the mirror if they need a village idiot to castigate. Those who jump on the bandwagon of "Oh my gosh!! I never had those thoughts in my mind, what is he thinking?" should also jump on the reality train that says they have. Racism exists along with prejudice in a ceremonial wedding. Just because you dont agree, dont waste our time in burning Ken. Look into your own sock drawer.  

J   Feb 28, 2007 16:07:58  
This whole thing is pathetic and hilarious. While I was still in high school in San Francisco, I knew a classmate of mine who wrote for your publication. As she was a complete dingbat, I figured Asian Week didn't exactly hold the highest standards in journalism. And wow, after hearing about this, what an understatement that was. The racist attitudes here are clearly not limited to Mr. Eng; if it were, how could such a disgusting piece of writing EVER reach the printing press? Articles go through the hands of multiple editors (at least at most revered publications -- this clearly isn't one), so for this to have been approved by your publication as a whole leads me to believe that the community should not only point its fingers at Mr. Eng, but at every editor at Asian Week, as well. And frankly, it's a terrible D-list publication anyway.  

RR   Feb 28, 2007 16:02:11  
Oh come on, as an Asian in the East Bay the stereo-typical African/Black American makes everything go down hill. I go to the movies, they make it ghetto. I go shopping, they make it ghetto. They move into my neighborhood, it starts to become ghetto. They also invade my school district from Oakland, jumping kids for candy, overall, looking for trouble. So Eng puts himself out there with valid points, granted he could have been more tactful and selected a better method of delivery; but seriously, wake up. Bill Cosby even recognizes that the minority of descent African/Black Americans are over shadowed by “dirty laundry” that populates the streets. I attribute this to the lack of parental control and “home discipline.” These hoodlums are out of control, without an education, they wonder the streets looking for trouble and fulfill the very thing that descent African/Black American’s try to avoid.  

Emile   Feb 28, 2007 16:00:25  
Why all the brouhaha? It is obvious that Eng\\\'s commentary has come true--when he criticized his own race, or when he wrote about how white people discriminate and are racist toward Asians--he received no response. Where were the Asian media harlots, and outraged black civil rights leaders then?! All hypocrites. I came to this country because of its free speech rights--you people don\\\'t know what you\\\'re doing when you think that you can filter some words and concepts without others. And you will never succeed so long as people of different colors and histories combine to live together as in this country.  

Drew Williams   Feb 28, 2007 15:42:42  
I can not make a comment right now, I did not get a chance to read the article, could someone please inform me to where I can read this? I am afro-american and many of my friends are of the asian decent. My friend Wann from Thialand,Newann from laos,and two others from China. I have learn things from them and I realy hope World love will continue. Drew  

Darlene Gibbs   Feb 28, 2007 15:41:37  
I too would like to read the article so that I may form my own opinion. I have read a lot of racist articles and some of them I didn't agree with but, I feel as an american we have a right to voice our opinions.  

Andre/Smith   Feb 28, 2007 15:41:00  
This is honestly one of the most disgusting acts I have ever seen in jouranlism. My disgust is aimed not only at Mr. Eng for openly proclaiming to be an "Asian Supremacist", in his " Why I Hate Asians" article, but also towards the editors. How can you go on record with an appology claiming that you in no way support racism yet you allowed this man to publish articles for as long as you have is baffling. Someone needs to lose their job over this.  

RR   Feb 28, 2007 15:38:27  
Oh come on, as an Asian in the East Bay the stereo-typical African/Black American makes everything go down hill. I go to the movies, they make it ghetto. I go shopping, they make it ghetto. They move into my neighborhood, it starts to become ghetto. They also invade my school district from Oakland, jumping kids for candy, overall, looking for trouble. So Eng puts himself out there with valid points, granted he could have been more tactful and selected a better method of delivery; but seriously, wake up. Bill Cosby even recognizes that the minority of descent African/Black Americans are over shadowed by “dirty laundry” that populates the streets. I attribute this to the lack of parental control and “home discipline.” These hoodlums are out of control, without an education, they wonder the streets looking for trouble and fulfill the very thing that descent African/Black American’s try to avoid.  

Clyde K.T.   Feb 28, 2007 15:36:51  
Kenneth Eng has set race relations back 200+ years.

He has a right to what he thinks. But I don't see where your newspaper's common sense and decency should take a back seat and allow him get up in front of the entire nation and spout off about his personal feelings that can instigate bad feelings between people of ANY color.

Even though he wrote the article and is taking a lot of the heat (which he should be), there are others that are even more at fault.

Eng is entitled to his thoughts, but there were others that allowed his inflamatory, libelous and outright wrong thoughts to be put in writing.

It's one thing to think about shouting "fire" in a crowded theatre. It's another to do it (which Eng did). And it's also another thing to permit it (which your paper allowed).

You are just as much at fault (and probably even more so) than Eng.

Why did it take an outcry from the community BEFORE you dismissed Eng from your staff? Common sense says the FIRST thing you do when you get wind of the problem is immediately dismiss him from your staff.

The sad part about it, is that Eng will carry this stigma with him for the rest of his life, while your paper will get off with an apology and a "we didn't know about it until it was too late" statement.

PS: For once in my life, I am ashamed to be an Asian American.  

Clyde K.T.   Feb 28, 2007 15:34:49  
Kenneth Eng has set race relations back 200+ years.

He has a right to what he thinks. But I don't see where your newspaper's common sense and decency should take a back seat and allow him get up in front of the entire nation and spout off about his personal feelings that can instigate bad feelings between people of ANY color.

Even though he wrote the article and is taking a lot of the heat (which he should be), there are others that are even more at fault.

Eng is entitled to his thoughts, but there were others that allowed his inflamatory, libelous and outright wrong thoughts to be put in writing.

It's one thing to think about shouting "fire" in a crowded theatre. It's another to do it (which Eng did). And it's also another thing to permit it (which your paper allowed).

You are just as much at fault (and probably even more so) than Eng.

Why did it take an outcry from the community BEFORE you dismissed Eng from your staff? Common sense says the FIRST thing you do when you get wind of the problem is immediately dismiss him from your staff.

The sad part about it, is that Eng will carry this stigma with him for the rest of his life, while your paper will get off with an apology and a "we didn't know about it until it was too late" statement.  

RR   Feb 28, 2007 15:34:30  
Oh come on, as an Asian in the East Bay the stereo-typical African/Black American makes everything go down hill. I go to the movies, they make it ghetto. I go shopping, they make it ghetto. They move into my neighborhood, it starts to become ghetto. They also invade my school district from Oakland, jumping kids for candy, overall, looking for trouble. So Eng puts himself out there with valid points, granted he could have been more tactful and selected a better method of delivery; but seriously, wake up. Bill Cosby even recognizes that the minority of descent African/Black Americans are over shadowed by “dirty laundry” that populates the streets. I attribute this to the lack of parental control and “home discipline.” These hoodlums are out of control, without an education, they wonder the streets looking for trouble and fulfill the very thing that descent African/Black American’s try to avoid.  

christine mendonca   Feb 28, 2007 15:33:46  
how DARE you say THAT Ted Eng you should be ashamed of what you just did.And Asian Week should be ashamed too.  

En Kyoo   Feb 28, 2007 15:30:25  
I hate everybody!!!  

Suzie Wang   Feb 28, 2007 15:26:26  
As an Asian American I am utterly disgraced that a publication claiming to promote Asian pride would publish such despicable hate. Shame on the editors for not doing their jobs. They should be fired or made to take some sensitivity training. AsianWeek owes a big apology to the African American community perhaps you all should make a huge donation to the NAACP if you don't want to fire your incompetant editors.

To the African American community, rest assured that not all Asian Americans think this way at all. The haters are definitely in the minority and I am ashamed that the lowlife Eng is Asian.  

AVC   Feb 28, 2007 15:17:53  
As an Asian American woman I am furious that a widely disributed publication allowed this article to be printed and claims to be the "voice of the Asian American community". You are not my voice or the voice of any of my family members, friends, associates or teachers if you have people in your editorial department that allow this type of hate to be distributed. I am ashamed that Asian Week would be so careless as to publish such garbage. AW's retraction is nothing but an excuse for their incompetent editorial staff and poor judgement. Shame on you and your editorial staff.  

M. Sook   Feb 28, 2007 15:17:34  
Personally, even though Mr. Kenneth Eng may have the first amendment protecting his views, I don\'t like his views. I will be contacting Dna Press, the publisher of his books DRAGONS: LEXICON TRIUMVIRATE, THE 0TH DIMESION, and REINCARNATION to inform them I am boycotting his books and am urging others to do so as well: www.dnapress.com/index/contactus.

I am also unhappy to hear that Kenneth Eng is the only person whom AsianWeek is holding publicly accountable. I ask that they review the persons involved and not just the editorial process.  

H. Arnold   Feb 28, 2007 15:17:27  
I am requesting to talk to Mr. Eng your writer. But before I talk to him, you need to ask him if he lived and was raised in Cleveland, Ohio for a time. If he was, I am requesting to talk to him. I know him and his family. I did not see the remarks, but I heard and read about it. We need to have a serious discussion. I want to see if your paper is sincere about this apology and the paper and Mr. Eng should take a minute to contact me about this situation. It may help him and your paper. Take a risk and contact me one way or the other. Let me know if has never resided in Cleveland and if not just let me know. Thank you.  

Ed Allen   Feb 28, 2007 15:08:47  
Byway of Detroit Michigan. An apology to readers is the standard in this industry. Asian week had knowledge of Mr. Eng smut from preveous articles, and did nothing about it. This whole "show" was a cry for recognition throughout the world. Well Asian week you got it. But, at what cost. I hope your membership declines to the point to where your paper, will all but shut down.
This article will be a great tool for my children. This will show that we, African Americans have and still educate ourselves and even other minorities hate us.
Make no mistake. Mr. Eng in no way describes myself or anyone that I am associated with do business with.
This is a slap to all Asian people.

Ed  

Gerrie Lijam   Feb 28, 2007 15:07:35  
Dear Editor,
As much as I've friends who love me for who I'm, I expect & don't mind having enemies who hate me for who & what I'm. Yes, I'm realistic enough to know that love is as human as hate. Beyond all the political correctness, huff & puff about tolerance, discrimination, civil or equal rights, fair justice, "racism or hate", the artificial "melting pot" does not always melt, if there was ever one.
Any wonder why the Japanese Americans in wwii were all herded to entrapment camps?
The sooner we all realize that deep-rooted hate & racism is as American as apple pie, the easier to stop the 300 years old hallucination & empty promises of the "melting pot" or the constitutional slogan, "all men are created equal". Time to face the heat & realize that some are more "equal" than others. Get over it, racism is as human as the color of your eyes, isn't? FYI, I'm black & as racist as they come & have no problem living & dealing with all kinds of all other racists, for I know that's the American way. Therefore, why fake it?

Thanks,
Gerrie Lijam,
San Jose, Ca  

D. Nguyen   Feb 28, 2007 14:56:11  
An apology, and even cutting ties with Kenneth Eng doesn't cut it here. It's inconceivable that any rational editor could've let that column through. Thanks for making us look like idiots, Asian Week.  

Lana Lee   Feb 28, 2007 14:53:34  
I would like to read the article and form my own opinions. Please E-mail it to me.

Thanks.

Lana  

Steven Rago   Feb 28, 2007 14:48:58  
How come nobody said anything like this when He wrote I hate white people? Now it's all over the news, and a big thing.
Where was all the Righteous Indignation of the Lie to me nightly news networks then? Shoot your TV and burn the tabloids. Live improves..  

Keem   Feb 28, 2007 14:39:52  
Aha - I see that your apology was changed without comment to reflect that Eng has been terminated from writing for your publication. Good, but how about an editor's note mentioning the change? Do you not want your readers to know that you originally were only going to give him a suspension?

Also, Eng, while an idiot, is only a contributor to the paper. Who made the decision to run his column? Where exactly does the buck stop? Why won't yoru publication give us this information? Is there nobody there willing to take responsibility for their decisions?  

Gerrie Lijam   Feb 28, 2007 14:38:46  
Dear Editor,
As much as I've friends who love me for who I'm, I expect & don't mind having enemies who hate me for who & what I'm. Yes, I'm realistic enough to know that love is as human as hate. Beyond all the political correctness, huff & puff about tolerance, discrimination, civil or equal rights, fair justice, "racism or hate", the artificial "melting pot" does not always melt, if there was ever one.
Any wonder why the Japanese Americans in wwii were all herded to entrapment camps?
The sooner we all realize that deep-rooted hate & racism is as American as apple pie, the easier to stop the 300 years old hallucination & empty promises of the "melting pot" or the constitutional slogan, "all men are created equal". Time to face the heat & realize that some are more "equal" than others. Get over it, racism is as human as the color of eyes, isn't?

Gerrie Lijam,
San Jose, Ca  

Chris Chism   Feb 28, 2007 14:38:14  
After reading about Kenneth Eng and AsianWeek, readers can only take away from this incident that AsianWeek thinks that racism and derrogatory remarks toward another ethnic group is acceptable for printing in their magazine. If not that, than a reader may think that AsianWeek thinks that printing a hateful article about Blacks during Black History month is acceptable, or funny??? Or is it that the editors of this magazine do not even care what goes into their publication? I'm all for freedom of speech - but come on! Is it courageous to print this article in an effort to let a writer speak his mind, or was this a serious lapse in judgment???

I have only one question for AsianWeek: WHAT WERE YOU THINKING???

Thank you for terminating Kenneth Eng from contributing to your magazine. However, I don't think you'll be hearing the end of this mistake anytime soon. What a disgrace!!!  

Gerrie Lijam   Feb 28, 2007 14:30:38  
Dear Editor,
As much as I've friends who love me for who I'm, I expect & don't mind having enemies who hate me for who & what I'm. Yes, I'm realistic enough to know that love is as human as hate. Beyond all the political correctness, huff & puff about tolerance, discrimination, civil or equal rights, fair justice, "racism or hate", the artificial "melting pot" does not always melt, if there was ever one.
Any wonder why the Japanese Americans in wwii were all herded to entrapment camps?
The sooner we all realize that deep-rooted hate & racism is as American as apple pie, the easier to stop the 300 years old hillucination & empty promises of the "melting pot" or the constitutional slogan, "all men are created equal". Time to face the heat & realize that some are more "equal" than others.
It's only a human nature, isn't?  

Xia   Feb 28, 2007 13:59:36  
The blame here rests on the paper. Millions of chauvanists and racists exist, but it's part of a professional institution's job to exercise good judgement and take responsibility to prevent these types of things from happening. AsianWeek has a duty to provide meaningful, constructive information to the Asian American public - not to be a medium for hate.

As a bi cultural Asian American who loves my heritage as well as the United States, I am disgusted at your publication.  

Disappointed   Feb 28, 2007 13:54:11  
www.capaweb.org/awpetition/AsianAmerican_Leaders_Condemn_Racist_AW_Article.pdf  

S Moy   Feb 28, 2007 13:46:52  
I am an Asian American. As an American I learned about the civil rights movement of the 1960s in school. African Americans were at the forefront of that fight for equality, and because of the courage and steadfastness of their will for equal rights, they overcame segregation. Because of the foundation that they laid, many other people of color in this country (including Asians) have been able to live in a society that is more fair than it was 45 years ago.

It's sad that someone's hate is exposed liked this and ends up offending other people. Who knows what this guy, Kenneth Eng went though in his life. Maybe he's always felt that he was a victim of one hate crime after another, and all he has left is angst against the world. It is very sad and very unfortunate for someone to lose his humanity and resort to denigrating against others racially. I have been subjected to racism in my life. I've been made fun of by people of other races, whether it was Black, Latino, White,etc. But I always tried to stay true to what my parents taught me, and just try my best to ignore that kind of negativity and pettiness. It's unfortunate that Kenneth Eng let that negativity seep into his heart and soul. I hope he'll find a way to pull himself out of that muck someday.

I think the editor is the one that should really be blamed. There is no excuse when your job is to read what will be printed, and to have allowed for it to happen. It seems like this was an act of sensationalism to try and boost sales or ratings, and whatever. I don't know all the facts, so all I have left to say is, God Bless you all. I know a lot of peole are upset, and frustrated, and I think in the end, it's best to live it in God's hands.  

S Moy   Feb 28, 2007 13:45:48  
I am an Asian American. As an American I learned about the civil rights movement of the 1960s in school. African Americans were at the forefront of that fight for equality, and because of the courage and steadfastness of their will for equal rights, they overcame segregation. Because of the foundation that they laid, many other people of color in this country (including Asians) have been able to live in a society that is more fair than it was 45 years ago.

It's sad that someone's hate is exposed liked this and ends up offending other people. Who knows what this guy, Kenneth Eng went though in his life. Maybe he's always felt that he was a victim of one hate crime after another, and all he has left is angst against the world. It is very sad and very unfortunate for someone to lose his humanity and resort to denigrating against others racially. I have been subjected to racism in my life. I've been made fun of by people of other races, whether it was Black, Latino, White,etc. But I always tried to stay true to what my parents taught me, and just try my best to ignore that kind of negativity and pettiness. It's unfortunate that Kenneth Eng let that negativity seep into his heart and soul. I hope he'll find a way to pull himself out of that muck someday.

I think the editor is the one that should really be blamed. There is no excuse when your job is to read what will be printed, and to have allowed for it to happen. It seems like this was an act of sensationalism to try and boost sales or ratings, and whatever. I don't know all the facts, so all I have left to say is, God Bless you all. I know a lot of peole are upset, and frustrated, and I think in the end, it's best to live it in God's hands.  

Jeff Davis   Feb 28, 2007 13:30:15  
Why just an apology to African Americans? What about the other two previous articles written chastising Caucasians and Asians? Why no apology to those cultural groups?

For four months not a word was breathed when he attacked the 'majority' and his own race, but when black people became the target all hell breaks loose. I don't understand why the American main-stream continues to spoon feed African Americans. I suppose it is fear and oppression for the past 40 years (sarcasm) THE ANSWER TO RACISM IS NOT RACISM!!  

Keem   Feb 28, 2007 13:29:28  
Aha - I see that your apology was changed without comment to reflect that Eng has been terminated from writing for your publication. Good, but how about an editor's note mentioning the change? Do you not want your readers to know that you originally were only going to give him a suspension?

Also, Eng, while an idiot, is only a contributor to the paper. Who made the decision to run his column? Where exactly does the buck stop? Why won't yoru publication give us this information? Is there nobody there willing to take responsibility for their decisions?  

Jeff Davis   Feb 28, 2007 13:29:08  
Why just an apology to African Americans? What about the other two previous articles written chastising Caucasians and Asians? Why no apology to those cultural groups?

For four months not a word was breathed when he attacked the 'majority' and his own race, but when black people became the target all hell breaks loose. I don't understand why the American main-stream continues to spoon feed African Americans. I suppose it is fear and oppression for the past 40 years (sarcasm) THE ANSWER TO RACISM IS NOT RACISM!!  

me   Feb 28, 2007 13:19:27  
there will be social consquences to the publishing of this article. people could even be killed over this. as word of this spreads, anger will turn to violence. racial tensions will reach critical mass, and it could get ugly. i wonder how the editorial team will feel once the first act of violence is linked to this poor lapse in judgement.  

me   Feb 28, 2007 13:18:18  
there will be social consquences to the publishing of this article. people could even be killed over this. as word of this spreads, anger will turn to violence. racial tensions will reach critical mass, and it could get ugly. i wonder how the editorial team will feel once the first act of violence is linked to this poor lapse in judgement.  

Celeste Brown   Feb 28, 2007 13:15:17  
As a US Navy officer and African American woman who served many years in Asia, I have run into more than my fair share of Asian racism and disrespect. But I can also tell you I came away from my military experience with many Asian friends. I have always had Asian neighbors, associates, co-workers and while in high school and college a couple of Asian ex-boyfriends. I am thankful that for the majority of the time, my experience with Asians has been positive. It's a shame that AW has attempted to destroy the goodwill built between a good many African and Asian Americans. I can't believe that any half-way intelligent editor would allow this to be printed, unless they were just looking for sensationalist publicity. Quite low-brow for any legitimate media outlet. We don't need anymore misunderstanding between races in this world and shame on you for inciting this type of ill-will.  

Keem   Feb 28, 2007 13:12:32  
"we are humbled and overwhelmed at reader response not only chastising our editorial process, but strongly urging our paper to sever all ties to this contributor. We have heard the call and Mr. Eng has been suspended from writing for the paper."

Doesn't sound like they've heard the call to me. Unless AsianWeek believes that a temporary suspension is equivalent to "severing all ties." Not to mention completely ignoring the call for responsibility - why can't AsianWeek tell us who made the decision to let this piece run?

Is there any reason at all that we shouldn't send a copy of Eng's column to all the advertisers in AsianWeek asking them if they were aware that they were financing racist drivel such as what was delivered by Eng?

BTW, I understand that Fang refuses to comment on whether he approved the piece prior to publication. Given that he has commented on many other facets of the case, I think we all know what his "refusal to comment" means. Apparently, nobody is going to get any kind of real disciplinary action aimed at them for this because it goes all the way up to the top. For shame, AsianWeek, for publishing this dreck, and for a worthless apology where apparently it's nobody's fault that the decision was made to run this.  

Matthew Gaglairdi   Feb 28, 2007 13:10:08  
Can anyone give me a URL for the article? can find plenty of maaterial basltring it, calling it "hate speech" etc. and I'm sure it is. However peopl sdhould be able to read it for themselves and decide that it is such.

Moreover it seems this guy wrote a piece in your journal entitled "Why I hate Asians". Nowhere in any coverage has this been reported. While not mitigating hate speech, this does at the very least suggest some symmetry and perhaps a hint of parody.

Thanks  

JJ   Feb 28, 2007 13:04:49  
I am appalled at what my eyes saw. I can not believe that this was published and that an Asain man in AMERICA would write something so ignorant and so racist. What an awful person to wake up in the morning and think this is an apporpriate, and more importantly a correct way of thought towards people of African descent. If he read a trustworthy book on genealogy he would realize that Asian people are closer in relation to people of African descent than any other race in this world. What an idiot!!! This is a perfect example of ignorance. Ignorance, ignorance, ignorance. I wish he had the wherewithal to meet with the NAACP of Oakland, CA himself. If he is not willing to do that, he needs to come see me so we can have a talk. Please come talk to me Mr. Eng. I would love to hear your reasoning behind such nonsense.

The apology is the right thing to do according to common ethic, but it is by no means enough. I want my 40 acres and my mule for this. --- By all means Mr. Eng, I would love to talk with you so we can have an intellectual conversation if you think you can handle it.

Furthermore, how could this otherwise respectful newspaper be willing to let such an article work its way into the community. You are a disgrace to the Asian community. Whoever the editor is must be fired expeditiously. For that matter maybe the whole staff should. You mean to tell me no one in staff opposed this. I am tired of America's racists antics towards the African American community. But I really don't understand how an Asain newspaper would allow this. wful, just awful.

I leave you with this thought; If God stirred the sea for 400 years to the left, and the sea decided to stir itself the other way (to the right that is), how long will it take the sea to go in that other direction?

If Mr. Eng can get as far as he did in writing his article and having many people read it, I hope the opinions of the people will be appropriately, and understandably posted and expressed.

Respectfully,
JJ  

Gary Norris Gray   Feb 28, 2007 13:01:12  
this is what we have been fighting for sixty years in thec united states
as a african american and native american indian i understand the struggle. mr ng as an asian should know better and its not the first time he has written in this form. it should be his last. hate is a very powerful word. words can change everything if you believe in the word. asia week should be above this kind of garbage. as a black writer and reader of asia week i\'m very dissapointed. the world needs unity not division.  

Goose   Feb 28, 2007 13:00:39  
Not for allowing the "Why I Hate Blacks" article to be published in the first place, but for removing it.

What kind of journalistic integrity is that...oh it's unpopular so erase it from existence...

It might have been shortsighted to publish it in the first place but it's unconscionable to remove it once it's there. It's obvious you're not reporting news or anything resembling the truth, you're just trying to further some political agenda and if something doesn't fit your agenda then you quash it.

Again, shame on you and your lack of integrity. Where would America be if we forbade "unpopular" speech...  

CK   Feb 28, 2007 12:53:47  
I know there are guys like Kenneth Eng out there. And I know what to expect from them. What I don't expect is this kind of lapse of judgment by people who are suppose to know better.

Look, Eng does not try to hide it at all, and it's clear as day to anyone what he is, and yet, somebody in AsianWeek thought it was wise to give that racist crackhead a voice and a forum and a paycheck, and finally, even print that abominable column?!?!?

That is NOT the kind of judgment I'd expect from someone in charge of a magazine that calls itself "the voice of Asian Americans."

Your first attempt at apology was pathetic. The fact that you still haven't fired Eng speaks volumes. That should have been a no-brainer. But then again, the incompetence of the people running your magazine has been fully exposed. Not the kind of people I want running a magazine that represents "voice of Asian Americans." I say all subscribers of this magazine should start a boycott until the editors responsible for this debacle are also canned.  

Goose   Feb 28, 2007 12:46:25  
Not for allowing the "Why I Hate Blacks" article to be published in the first place, but for removing it.

What kind of journalistic integrity is that...oh it's unpopular so erase it from existence...

It might have been shortsighted to publish it in the first place but it's unconscionable to remove it once it's there. It's obvious you're not reporting news or anything resembling the truth, you're just trying to further some political agenda and if something doesn't fit your agenda then you quash it.

Again, shame on you and your lack of integrity. Where would America be if we forbade "unpopular" speech...  

BFD   Feb 28, 2007 12:42:48  
If Asian Week plans on keeping Kenneth Eng and Samson Wong, the editor who "approved" the article, then it might as well hire Tim Hardaway to be its spokesman and make it complete!  

weenie espresso   Feb 28, 2007 12:40:12  
Way to go Eng and Asian Week! Your lack of common sense leaves me wondering if there is any hope for the human race. Eng, you deserve both a beat down and to be fired. Asian Week, you deserve to lose all of your advertisers and go under. Nice one!  

J R   Feb 28, 2007 12:39:15  
Maybe Ken should move out of his parents' basement and stop watching re-runs of Babylon Five and Star Trek (no laughter here). Speaking of which don't most of those shows incorporate multi-culturalism? One man (or simpleton) does not speak for all.
By the way Asian Week, I am sure that if you are lacking in credible submissions there are a few legitimate and "would be" journalists in the city lookng for an oppurtunity.  

raddemo   Feb 28, 2007 12:38:55  
Americans need to wake up. Asians are the most racist people on the planet. I am a white American man who has lived in Asia for twelve years. Every Asian country practices de jure and de facto discrimination against whites and blacks, imagine that! Whitey actually knows what it feels like to be a racial minority. Guess what? It sucks. Korea, China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, India, the Arab states all have derogatory epithets for whites and blacks--and they have no problem saying them to your face in the local lingo. All these countries practice job discrimination against white and blacks. In each of these countries, Nazi paraphernalia is cherished and collected like baseball cards. Black Americans think it is tough getting a cab in the US, try Beijing or Singapore or Seoul or Bangkok. Good luck! Try getting served in a restaurant at all! White and blacks can't own property or their own businesses in Asia, with maybe Hong Kong and Singapore as exceptions. Yet Asians can come to American and live the American dream and buy and own whatever they want. You think Asian racism is limited an infantile column, think again. Why do you all think our trade deficit is so high, because Asians discriminate against our goods and services!! China holds a trillion dollars in US bonds in their banks. And the US is broke. Ask your Congressmen why Asian countries prevent US firms from competing with Asian firms. Racism, my friends. Like Spike Lee said, Time to wake up!  

J R   Feb 28, 2007 12:38:34  
Maybe Ken should move out of his parents' basement and stop watching re-runs of Babylon Five and Star Trek (no laughter here). Speaking of which don't most of those shows incorporate multi-culturalism? One man (or simpleton) does not speak for all.
By the way Asian Week, I am sure that if you are lacking in credible submissions there are a few legitimate and "would be" journalists in the city lookng for an oppurtunity.  

RP   Feb 28, 2007 12:33:35  
Back on January 17, 2007, during the early beginnings of Mr. Eng's irresponsible acts, one reader named Tim Woo posted the following:
Tim Woo Jan 17, 2007 08:02:03
Please do not print any more of Mr. Eng's "editorials". He is a horrible writer and makes this site lose all credibility as a source of Asian news. Why this site would even want to associate itself with Mr. Eng is a mystery. [end of citation]
Here we are one month later and AsianWeek is posting the Magna Carta of apologies. How much traffic to the magazine has been generated as a result of this? If this ploy is about sensationalism and marketing bucks, "shame on you" for that equally IRRESPONSIBLE act. The toothpaste is out of the tube now. You have done well to tarnish and denigrade a "would-be great" community asset. For that, double shame on you.  

J. Stanley   Feb 28, 2007 12:33:00  
Wow... I just read the article elsewhere... I am deeply confused how you could let such intellectual drivel through. Do you have an editorial policy? Do what you want with Mr. Eng...but you should seriously consider firing the editors. Mr. Eng's articles have been absurd for quite sometime. He has identified himself as an "Asian Supremacist" and written articles of dodgy quality and shady purpose for quite a while.

My disappointment is, however, not just about this article, though as a Black man (with a doctorate in education thank you very much),I am deeply offended. Rather, your editorial practices need to be worked on ASAP. This and other articles by Mr. Eng are not just spurious and egregious but outlandish and shameful. Your leadership needs to take a good, hard, look in the mirror and really build some new processes to ensure that this never happens again. I won't be reading Asian Week until you do.  

Bill Cooper   Feb 28, 2007 12:31:11  
First let me say " I do not agree with the article " Why I hate Blacks", and I'm not a racist. But what ever happened to the saying " I DO NOT AGREE WITH YOUR WORDS, BUT I WILL DEFEND TO MY DEATH, YOUR RIGHT TO SAY THEM.  

K Blue   Feb 28, 2007 12:30:23  
AW's apology is a good start. Freedom of speech means that the government can't prosecute a person or lock them up for what they say or write. However, there are consequences to exercising free speech and Eng's piece is and should be completely repudiated. I'm surprised that nobody else here has done a little Internet checking on this guy and discovered that he's not a very good writer and he's kind of a nut case. I pass a guy on the street who rants terrible things about everybody. Eng's a lot like that, only in print. He's also a tireless self-promoter. AW should continue to distance itself from him.  

K Blue   Feb 28, 2007 12:28:55  
AW's apology is a good start. Freedom of speech means that the government can't prosecute a person or lock them up for what they say or write. However, there are consequences to exercising free speech and Eng's piece is and should be completely repudiated. I'm surprised that nobody else here has done a little Internet checking on this guy and discovered that he's not a very good writer and he's kind of a nut case. I pass a guy on the street who rants terrible things about everybody. Eng's a lot like that, only in print. He's also a tireless self-promoter. AW should continue to distance itself from him.  

Nelson Toriano   Feb 28, 2007 12:26:51  
Dear Kenneth Eng,

Be very afraid to walk the streets now. Just a thought ...  

K Blue   Feb 28, 2007 12:26:15  
AW's apology is a good start. Freedom of speech means that the government can't prosecute a person or lock them up for what they say or write. However, there are consequences to exercising free speech and Eng's piece is and should be completely repudiated. I'm surprised that nobody else here has done a little Internet checking on this guy and discovered that he's not a very good writer and he's kind of a nut case. I pass a guy on the street who rants terrible things about everybody. Eng's a lot like that, only in print. He's also a tireless self-promoter. AW should continue to distance itself from him.  

K Blue   Feb 28, 2007 12:21:21  
AW's apology is a good start. Freedom of speech means that the government can't prosecute a person or lock them up for what they say or write. However, there are consequences to exercising free speech and Eng's piece is and should be completely repudiated. I'm surprised that nobody else here has done a little Internet checking on this guy and discovered that he's not a very good writer and he's kind of a nut case. I pass a guy on the street who rants terrible things about everybody. Eng's a lot like that, only in print. He's also a tireless self-promoter. AW should continue to distance itself from him.  

E.C.   Feb 28, 2007 12:20:02  
How dare you publish such racist rubbish to blatantly attack our African American brothers? Saying sorry is not good enough and your apologies are pathetic. You, the editorial staff at Asian Week and Kenneth Eng, should be banished from calling yourselves asian. Your magazine should be called RacistWeek or INeedAnAssWhoopinWeek.  

K Blue   Feb 28, 2007 12:19:47  
AW's apology is a good start. Freedom of speech means that the government can't prosecute a person or lock them up for what they say or write. However, there are consequences to exercising free speech and Eng's piece is and should be completely repudiated. I'm surprised that nobody else here has done a little Internet checking on this guy and discovered that he's not a very good writer and he's kind of a nut case. I pass a guy on the street who rants terrible things about everybody. Eng's a lot like that, only in print. He's also a tireless self-promoter. AW should continue to distance itself from him.  

Nelson Toriano   Feb 28, 2007 12:18:53  
Dear Kenneth Eng,

Be very afraid to walk the streets now. Just a thought ...  

Gregoyy Burgest   Feb 28, 2007 12:14:48  
Sirs, publication of the hate Blacks story was very sad. iI am a black american with a multi cultural family, I went to DC to hear the famous I have a dream speech, and it was for all gods children not just the black ones. but ignorance prevails and mr eng has brought into the white man is GOD. concept but all he wants to do is use your asian women for sport,actually the white man only loves himself, and unfortunatly he has fooled many races, asian women marry him to be his Servant not his equal.asian woman who marry Black men are a equal dont be fooled by whites, we dont really have tails. please wake up....  

The Asian Voice   Feb 28, 2007 12:10:59  
A lot of you know it\\\'s true but because you are in the public eye, you can\\\'t say it. It\\\'s so true, especially among the immigrant Chinese population who are most susceptible to the harassment and abuse. Go do an interview and you will realize that what Kenneth stated is true.  

Raymond Lamber   Feb 28, 2007 12:07:23  
Some how I don't think Asian Week is that sorry they published, "Why I hate Black" by eng. Over the past year we have seen how hateful the Asians community can be. From sending hate mail to Latino voters in Southern California, and now publishing a hate full article targeting the black community. When Abercrombie & Firch decides to re-circulate it's line of T-shirts depicting stereotype of Asians, please let them sell them. If your editor allowed such filth to be printed in your paper, A&F should feel free to sell their offensive t-shirts.  

blacklight   Feb 28, 2007 12:00:52  
If you don't feel that Kenneth Eng has not done enough damage to your publication, then by all means suspend him instead of firing his butt once and for all. Remember that while a job candiddate is at the mercy of a prospective employer, every employer is at the mercy of his or her employees - Kenneth Eng did a hell of a job on you. That kid (or should I say, twerp?) is a bundle of hate :)  

Sohanna Smith   Feb 28, 2007 11:55:36  
I would like to thank AsianWeekly for the apology. I strongly believe in your own opinion; but I also believe that you should state your opinion yourself and not try to pass it on as a whole race of peoples comments. I think maybe you guys should implament some stronger punishments to control what is printed in you guys magazine.  

regan goodin   Feb 28, 2007 11:46:33  
i honestly dont understand how a medium to high profile organization such as yours, can let something like this happen. i also realize how serious everyone involved is taking this; but, shock, revulsion and anger aside, this whole situation is almost laughable; i mean are you guys total idiots? was this subversively slipped into the paper without your knowledge? i know these questions have been asked and will be asked many times over but jeez...  

M Morton   Feb 28, 2007 11:43:07  
Eng may say what he wishes; however, at least our African American "brothers and sisters" have risen and have moved forward and have made something of themselves. At least, they don't S P I T in public!  

BlackMan   Feb 28, 2007 11:41:42  
Asian'Weak' obviously is NOT 'the voice of the Asian people'. They publish a piece that is only a voice of one hateful, insecure person and try to pass that off as the voice of the Asian people.

The voice of the Asian population has spoken and Asian'Weak' is nowhere close to representing that voice.  

Victor   Feb 28, 2007 11:35:32  
Your racist magazine should be shut down. The title alone "Asian Week" is racist in being noninclusive of others. Can you imagine "White Week"?  

Craig Quo   Feb 28, 2007 11:33:42  
I may be the only person to say this, but THANK YOU AsianWeek for publishing that piece. Although we do not agree with what you published you brought it to our attention that racism hasn't gone away and that Asians as well as ANY race have a handful of ignorant people. I also thank AsianWeek for not restricting freedom of speech no matter how negative a message may be. Although, this message doesn't reflect how America should be, it does reflect the respect the paper has for its First Amendment Rights.  

Karyn Errington   Feb 28, 2007 11:30:47  
As one of those radical white people who marched and protested for civil rights in the 60's, was arrested and had charges filed against her - I wonder, "why did I bother?"  

Linn Stanley   Feb 28, 2007 11:28:10  
When my brother forwarded Mr. Eng's article, I thought it was a joke. Asian Week is a ridiculous publication lacking in credibility for publishing it whether it is or not. Thankfully, while many people in this world are racists (Mr. Eng, for example), my experience is that the majority (my black father and Japanese mother, for example) are not.  

DW   Feb 28, 2007 11:25:40  
Asian week should be ashamed for publishing this hatred. I’m curious, Is this what “all” Asians in the Bay Area think of African Americans?  

sly denson   Feb 28, 2007 11:23:21  
Being an african-american male and gay; I will somehow contain my screaming and shouting for more worthy adversaries like, "THE PEOPLE WHO SENT THE TROOPS TO IRAQ," or "THE CORPORATE CEO'S WHO RAID THE COMPANY's PIGGY-BANKS AND LEFT THE FAMILIES WITH NO PENSION OR HEALTHCARE".... Mr. Eng, you are a featherweight trying to move up in class; unbeknownst to you, the bell has rung and both sides have been declared a loser. Earlier, you hated Asian..last week the Blacks..Latinos next week; saving an early spring thaw of hate for the Jews and- rounding things off with some good-ole fashion summertime hate for the Arabs...You must be "a plenty tired." Surprisingly, I don't hate you...this "racism" virus you have- spreads without warning and can be fatal if not treated with love, tolerance and respect...You're tramping on sacred grounds already laid-out for you by Hitler,Stalin, Dick Cheney,Pat Robertson and others who may not look like you but sneeze and cought the "virus" out at every given time....Take sometime off and take care of that nasty virus !!!!!  

Abe   Feb 28, 2007 11:20:54  
He's been suspended? How about banned from ever writing for your paper again?

And how about firing the editor who allowed this piece of trash to publish?

There is no excuse for this behavior.  

Richard Andrews   Feb 28, 2007 11:07:55  
Looking at the response to this "hate" article you have to wonder if it was deliberate. If so what a nasty little tactic, but one used again and again to get attention. After all isn't that what our so called national leaders do daily? Putting down and dividing people through hate, slander and controversy.

The Asian community in the Bay Area is strong and growing stronger....interesting that someone would take the hate bait and work that against one of the qualities that makes the Bay Area so special - its cultural diversity and tolerance!

It wasn't so long ago The Chinese Exclusion Act was repealed: Its sole purpose was to prevent the immigration of the Chinese to the US. Unfortunately the history of this country is replete with sanctioned racism and sexism.

Bigotry always has an excuse...it likes to hide itself in policy and procedure. In
some respect the writer, editor and publisher maybe severely misguided victims of the times - After all so called commentators such as; Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Mike Savage
and others in the media spew hate, lies and corruption every day.

The question is... do you buy it?  

Frederick Ferguson   Feb 28, 2007 11:06:42  
As an African American man in a 10-year relationship with a Korean man, I fled the US years ago because I concluded that life was too short to wait on the US to become a country worth me trying to live in. Incidents like this confirm for me the wisdom of my decision. Your organization is a disgrace.  

Victor   Feb 28, 2007 11:06:41  
Your racist magazine should be shut down. The title alone "Asian Week" is racist in being noninclusive of others. Can you imagine "White Week"?  

David Marutiak   Feb 28, 2007 11:04:54  
How come there wasn't a similar response when he published "Why I Hate Asians" a month or so ago?  

S.P.   Feb 28, 2007 11:03:52  
Does AsianWeek also sincerely regret and apologize for publishing New York-based contributor Kenneth Eng’s columns entitled, "Why I Hate Asians" and "Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us"? Are Eng's biased views against Asians and Whites any less offensive?



. AsianWeek rejects Eng’s biased views on a critical segment of American society, African Americans.  

Raoul Fulcher, Jr.   Feb 28, 2007 11:03:34  
Lets all focus on everyone as PEOPLE? No color, no race, etc.
The one thing we have is the right to communicate, and no matter how much certain people abuse it, let's dominate with
more and more positive comebacks. I truly believe the good people out weigh the so called not so good!  

Lars Gand   Feb 28, 2007 11:02:45  
FIRE TED FANG. FIRE TED FANG. FIRE TED FANG. EVERY AFRICAN-AMERICAN and ASIAN-AMERICAN GROUP SHOULD DEMAND THAT ASIANWEEK FIRE TED FANG.  

Brin Londo   Feb 28, 2007 11:01:11  
Ted Fang published it. One assumes Ted Fang is literate, and understood its content. Safe to say that, to a certain degree, Ted Fang agreed w/ Kenneth Eng's views. BOTH should be fired. As an Asian-American resident of San Francisco, I find the article--and now, AsianWeek itself--to be a complete humiliation.  

harryo   Feb 28, 2007 10:49:58  
The statement said that Mr. Eng would be suspended, so does that mean that after entering some "rehab" program and issuing a bunch of mea culpas, Mr. Eng might be allowed back on the pages of Asian Week? Why didn't the statement say Asain Week would sever all ties with Mr. Eng? Also Asian Week did not say anything about the fates of Samson Wong, the editor who made the decision to print Mr. Eng's piece and editor in chief James Fang, who is responsible for the overall content of the paper. The piece also raises questions about the Fang's civic responsibility in letting such a piece run. The Fang family is very politically connected, with Ted Fang on the BART board and mother Florence a major political player who has contributed thousands of dollars to political candidates and causes. The Fangs are also Republicans in a city that overwhelmingly Democratic. The saddest thing about the piece is that it ran during the middle of Black history month and just days before San Francisco's Chinese New year's parade. Let's hope that this incident will send a message to people that exercising your First Amendment rights have consequenses if you use words to preach racism and hate.  

Campos   Feb 28, 2007 10:44:50  
Oddly enough, you state "Comments using inappropriate language will not be posted" below. I guess hate speech is not deemed inappropriate?  

Campos   Feb 28, 2007 10:42:18  
It’s one thing to display diverse opinions such as Newsweek or Time Magazine does regarding issues like the war on Iraq or our policy on education and taxation, where the authors are well-educated on the matter. It is entirely different when your opinion piece has only hatred to support it. What makes this circumstance different from what happened on Hot 97 with the Tsunami Song? Sure, freedom of speech is a wonderful thing but if the mission of Asian Week is to be the “voice of the Asian American Community,” I suggest you look long and hard at the struggles our community faced in trying to attain equality in this country. If not for the Civil Rights movement, we would not be where we are today. The “Voice of the Asian American community” should promote tolerance, equality and the advancement of our people. We certainly are a diverse community but the tie that binds is that we are all American. And despite all its flaws, America is a country that has historically led the world in the progression of ideals and values. If you’d like to participate someday in the active promotion of diversity in American culture, I suggest you reevaluate the ideals for which your magazine stands. Not only did you lose a whole bunch of readers, you lost any credibility you might have had as the “Voice of the Asian American Community.”  

Roderick Williams   Feb 28, 2007 10:41:16  
This racist contributor, Eng, should be fired, not suspended. Suspension sounds like his irrevocable display of insensibilities and rants of ill-truths and ill- judgments of the African American community will end with a slap on the wrist. His column only adds to the terminal disease-racism- that dismantles and endangers the communal fabric of San Francisco, as well as around the world, rather than to build and protect this wonderful mosaic fabric of San Francisco and its connecting cities.

To think that a “respectable” news organization would display such bad judgment in running such a hate filled piece is inexcusable. The editor should be fired as well. And to think that this article appeared in a news media in one of the most liberal cities in the union is appalling and disheartening.  

Campos   Feb 28, 2007 10:40:54  
It’s one thing to display diverse opinions such as Newsweek or Time Magazine does regarding issues like the war on Iraq or our policy on education and taxation, where the authors are well-educated on the matter. It is entirely different when your opinion piece has only hatred to support it. What makes this circumstance different from what happened on Hot 97 with the Tsunami Song? Sure, freedom of speech is a wonderful thing but if the mission of Asian Week is to be the “voice of the Asian American Community,” I suggest you look long and hard at the struggles our community faced in trying to attain equality in this country. If not for the Civil Rights movement, we would not be where we are today. The “Voice of the Asian American community” should promote tolerance, equality and the advancement of our people. We certainly are a diverse community but the tie that binds is that we are all American. And despite all its flaws, America is a country that has historically led the world in the progression of ideals and values. If you’d like to participate someday in the active promotion of diversity in American culture, I suggest you reevaluate the ideals for which your magazine stands. Not only did you lose a whole bunch of readers, you lost any credibility you might have had as the “Voice of the Asian American Community.”  

calvin   Feb 28, 2007 10:40:19  
also asians listen to our music wear our clothes and try and act like us we cannot be too bad..and also asians love the money black people spend in their stores what nerve maybe i will get blacks together and boycott your businesses then what???  

ms calvin   Feb 28, 2007 10:36:53  
you have alot of nerves saying why asains hates blacks..when you are enjoying the country my ancestors built and got hung from trees for...you are enjoying our fruits and labor what nerves and also the women love our black men too..  

Deninge Sims   Feb 28, 2007 10:33:20  
This is a good step. Its a shame that a person who feels he is speaking the voice of his people to say things against other minorities.

I hope there will be some retribution on Mr. Eng's part!!!!  

Ted Jackson   Feb 28, 2007 10:19:40  
I am African American, and my experience with Asians and Asian Americans makes it clear to me that Eng's piece does NOT represent the views or feelings of Asians in any significant way. More importantly, his ACTIONS are wonderfully unusual: who knows what people think, but what is certain is that Chinese and Japanese people are the most civilized people on earth (is that racist?), and black Americans MUST NOT let a silly - yes, it was no more than silly - act impede the growing understanding and amity - and often, even, camaraderie - between blacks and Asians.  

Lawrence Smith   Feb 28, 2007 10:19:35  
While I think an apology is a good first step, I'm sure most will agree anything short of FIRING Mr Eng will not be acceptable enough.  

Ethan   Feb 28, 2007 10:17:50  
Mr. Eng's Article was many things including offensive, ignorant and controversial. However, the article does point to the need for continued progress in race relations here in the United States. My opinion as a Black American married to a wonderful Filipina is this would be a great time for Asian and Black Americans to reach out to each other. Both communities have added largely to American Culture and Society. Both can learn and support each other and work together to solves issues that effect each community and in the end, effect all American Communities.  

C.S.   Feb 28, 2007 10:06:32  
It is shocking to see something like the "I Hate Blacks" article in print--on the web or otherwise, and the editorial apology is a nice gesture. But that is all it is. I see they have not pulled his other hate-oriented pieces from the site. Apparently the paper believes their inflammatory nature will continue to encourage readership. For shame.  

WILEY   Feb 28, 2007 10:05:47  
As an African-American women,who has Asian-American relatives, I am ashamed. This publication should have never been published, the editors that ok'd this column should be fired. This person is a idiot, the way that African-Americans have embraced the Asian culture. I am appauld....  

Glenn Mar   Feb 28, 2007 10:02:15  
I missed the piece, but caught the flap. I am also now up to speed on how hatred of various racial groups including Asians has been a series by Kenneth Eng.

You're obviously within your rights to make whatever decision you want with running these in the first place, but surely you had to know there was going to be Hell to pay with this one. I suspect the print run did not even allude to the context of the series.

I don't think you guys are going to be able to stop with a retraction and apology. You are going to have to take the lead on some sort of community discussion and outreach (both in meatspace) if you want to keep your integrity.  

Matt Tien   Feb 28, 2007 09:58:01  
Your statement of apology is too little, too late. No question that your publication should sever all ties with the ignorant and petty Kenneth Eng. But look deeper. The editor that allowed such a stupidly hateful piece should resign right now, or be fired immediately. Also, whoever made the decision to pull the story from your Web site with no immediate statement posted of any kind should also be scrutinized for poor judgement. Did you think we wouldn't notice? Unlike the editorial decisonmakers of your paper, we the readers are not fools.  

Leah Chen Price   Feb 28, 2007 09:38:41  
I am ashamed of Asian Week. It's one thing to admit that the editorial policy needs to be reexamined....but it's another to let this blatant racist smut be printed at all! Who ok'd this piece? That's the question that needs to be addressed.  
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