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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2007

Contact: 
Hope Chu 
Communications Manager 
hchu@ocanational.org | 202-223-5500

Asian Americans Outraged Over Racist Radio Segment
OCA calls for firing of DJs and producer responsible

Washington, DC – OCA, a national Asian Pacific American (APA) organization dedicated to ensuring social justice for Asian Pacific Americans, expressed outrage at an offensive radio segment aired on WFNY 92.3 FM (New York City) on 5 April 2007, and re-aired on 19 April 2007.

The segment features a prank call made by station DJs JV and Elvis to a Chinese restaurant in which they make numerous comments that demean Asian Pacific Americans, women, and the gay community. During the six-minute segment, the DJs address restaurant employees as "Asian lady” and "Chinese man”; make demands for "lots of Asian food, son of a bitch”; and ask for "shrimp flied lice” and "some old dung.”

The DJs also accost one woman on the phone, saying, "Should I come to your restaurant so that I can see you naked… that way I can see your hot Asian spicy ass.” They tell another restaurant employee, "You are a very nice Chinese man… probably can’t drive for shit, but who cares.” The DJs also call one employee "faggy.”

"The blatant racism, sexism, and homophobia in this segment and in the DJs’ other work is appalling,” said, Ginny Gong, OCA National President, "We will be working with our chapters in the New York City metropolitan area as well as our partners in the civil rights community to seek an apology from WFNY and to demand that the DJs and producers who are responsible for airing this racist segment are fired.”

While one of the DJs has apologized and both have been suspended indefinitely without pay, OCA continued to issue demands that both DJs as well as the producer responsible be fired.

"Following so closely on the heels of the Don Imus incident, it is unbelievable that another CBS Radio affiliate would air such derogatory and demeaning content,” said Michael Lin, OCA National Executive Director, referring to radio personality Imus’ recent firing for offensive on-air remarks he made about members of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. "The right of free speech is being abused by so-called ‘shock jocks’ and their producers to make crass and unnecessary comments at the expense of other peoples’ dignity.”

OCA was alerted to the radio segment by its local chapters in the New York City area. "What is especially disturbing to the Asian American community is that the segment first aired on April 5 – just a day after Don Imus referred to the Scarlet Knights, the Rutgers University women’s basketball team, as ‘nappy-headed hos,’” said Vick Shu Smolin, OCA-New York chapter president, "Even more infuriating is that after CBS rightly fired Don Imus on April 12, JV & Elvis aired the segment AGAIN on April 19. It is apparent that not only did JV & Elvis not learn anything from the Don Imus scandal, but CBS and CBS Radio decided that Asian Americans are easy prey for racist radio broadcast.”

Florence Chen, OCA-New Jersey chapter president added, "New Jersey is home to numerous technology, manufacturing and telecommunication firms and home to nearly three-quarters of a million Asian Pacific Americans. Until we are satisfied with the actions of 92.3FreeFM, we will be calling on the strength of the Asian American market to urge advertisers to pull their support.”

"Once again, radio has tried to gain ratings to the detriment of Asian Americans,” said John Tandana, OCA-Long Island chapter vice president, ‘The segment lasted over six minutes, the entire time casting Asian Americans and women in a demeaning manner. Asian Americans have and will continue to contribute immensely to this country’s economy, intellect and culture. We will not allow talk radio to spread stereotypes that hurt our community.”

"If the executives of CBS, CBS Radio and 92.3FreeFM do not fire the DJs and their producer, they are sending a very strong message to the Asian American community that they do not care,” said Jeannette Wang, OCA-Westchester/Hudson Valley chapter president, "A strong signal must be sent that this type of broadcasting is unacceptable.”

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Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA, a national organization with over 80 chapters and affiliates across the country, is dedicated to advancing the social, economic, and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.

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