The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) demanded an apology from Fox News and The O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly for airing a segment the group claims highlighted racist stereotypes and ridiculed the Asian American community. O’Reilly responded by calling the segment, which aired Monday Oct. 3, “gentle fun.”

We should be beyond stereotypes

“It’s 2016. We should be far beyond tired, racist stereotypes and targeting an ethnic group for humiliation and objectification on the basis of their race,” AAJA President Paul Cheung said in a statement issued Wednesday. “Sadly, Fox News proves it has a long way to go in reporting on communities of color in a respectful and fair manner.”

Cheung also noted the “fastest growing populations” of Asians in potential key swing states of Arizona, Nevada and North Carolina.

“We deserve far better treatment and coverage than we’ve been given by this Fox News report,” Cheung added.

Do you know karate?

"The Watters’ World” report, a pre-taped segment featuring correspondent Jesse Watters in New York’s Chinatown neighborhood was ostensibly aimed at gauging Asian American political views -- particularly regarding presidential candidate Donald trump. Instead, the roughly four-minute segment posed questions such as “Do you know karate?” to several non-English speaking pedestrians, while interspersing clips from various films, including a Bruce Lee film.

Everybody was aware of what was going on

O’Reilly defended the segment, via the Fox News website (which calls it “Hilarious”), by noting that China was mentioned 12 times during last week’s Presidential Debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“It looked like everybody was aware of what is going on,” O’Reilly said to Watters following the segment, to which Watters replied “you thought people knew what was going on?”

The discussion following the segment focused on whether or not the participants understood the current political environment.

Featured during the segment are questions such as the following:

Watters: “Who you going to vote for?”

“Clinton wife.”

Watters: “Clinton’s wife has a name. What is it?”

“Oh man. I forget it.”


Watters: “Now Trump wants to build a wall to keep the Mexicans out.”


Watters: “Square that circle.”

Demand for an apology

The AAJA noted the total Asian American population stood at 15 million, as of 2010, and experienced a 45% growth rate from the years 2000-2010, compared to just 10% of the entire American population.

According to the National Asian Pacific American Political Almanac, Asian Americans total more than 600 elected officials throughout all levels of American Government.

AAJA MediaWatch demands an apology from Fox News to our community and a meeting with the show’s producers to understand how this segment was conceived and greenlit (sic) to air,” Cheung summed up in his statement. "We want an explanation for how this type of coverage will be prevented in the future.”

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