Chinese Group Meets With Power 105.1 Over Remark
April 25, 2007 at 5:46 AM (PT)
THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS' DAVID HINKLEY reports a conciliatory note has been struck between at least one radio station accused of an insensitive comedy bit and the group offended by it.
VICKI SHU SMOLIN, President of the NEW YORK ORGANIZATION OF CHINESE AMERICANS (OCA), says OCA met with CLEAR CHANNEL and Urban WWPR (POWER 105.1)/NEW YORK management in the wake of a morning show bit on POWER called "Are You Smarter Than An Asian?"
It included mock ASIAN accents and a character called HUNG LO. "It was not appropriate," said SMOLIN. "It perpetuated all the demeaning stereotypes." But the station apologized, she said, and OCA came out of the meeting convinced everyone had a better understanding of OCA's concern.
CLEAR CHANNEL had no comment on the meeting, but SMOLIN said the two sides agreed to a continuing dialogue. Yesterday morning, City Councilman JOHN LIU (D-QUEENS), an outspoken critic of ethnic insults, joined a discussion on the POWER morning show about a proposed City Council resolution apologizing for slavery.
SMOLIN said OCA "doesn't want to censor anyone on the radio. We aren't saying no one can be funny. We're just saying don't be hurtful." What would help, she added, would be a greater representation of Asian-Americans, and other underrepresented groups, on the air and in media management.