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OCA CRITICIZES SINGER MILEY CYRUS FOR MOCKING APA COMMUNITY
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OCA CRITICIZES SINGER MILEY CYRUS FOR MOCKING APA COMMUNITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2 February 2009

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Sarah Smith | Communications Manager
202 536 7511 | ssmith@ocanational.org

The photograph of Miley Cyrus and other individuals slanting their eyes currently circulating the Internet is offensive to the Asian Pacific American community and sets a terrible example for her many young fans. This image falls within a long and unfortunate history of people mocking and denigrating individuals of Asian descent.

"Not only has Miley Cyrus and the other individuals in the photograph encouraged and legitimized the taunting and mocking of people of Asian descent, she has also insulted her many Asian Pacific American fans," said George Wu, executive director of OCA. "The inclusion of an Asian Pacific American individual in the photo does not make it acceptable."

"OCA hopes that Miley Cyrus will apologize to her fans and the APA community for this lapse in judgment and takes the opportunity to better understand why the gesture is offensive."OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.
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