Asian Pacific Americans
Addressing an audience of local notables in San Francisco the other day, Ted Turner took a question about how to win China’s cooperation in reducing greenhouse gases. Replied Ted, “The Chinese are very smart. Just think – have you ever met a dumb Chinaman?” He then went on to say, “Very seldom do you see Chinese restaurants close. I’m in the restaurant business, and it’s very tough. They work very hard.” That was apparently a reference to some chain of upscale eateries that Ted owns. Well, you can imagine the wailing and gnashing of teeth that followed those remarks. Imagine, a public figure, insulting the Chinese by calling them clever and industrious. Where will this end? Next thing you know we’ll have presidential aspirants slandering each other as “clean” and “articulate.” Worst of all was the word “Chinaman.” For reasons totally unfathomable to me, and also I would guess to anyone else who does not have a PhD in Diversity Awareness, the word “Chinaman” is nowadays considered criminally abusive, used only by sneering racists in SS uniforms, preparatory to kicking a person of Chineseness off the sidewalk. Ted Turner, or anyway his people, issued the routine groveling apology to “the Asian Pacific American community.” Asian Pacific American? So, Americans of Pakistani ancestry? Or Mongolian ancestry? Or Tibetan, or Japanese, or Sri Lankan, or Samoan, or Melanesian, Filipino, Nepalese, Hindu, Tajik, ??? [muffled, sounds like "Wigar?"], Samoyed, Bangladeshi, Tongan, Malay, Thai, Laotian, and Guamanian ancestry were also offended by Ted’s remark? Why? I guess I don’t really get this political correctness stuff.
His sarcasm and cynicism cracks me up. While I don’t advocate purposefully using words that are widely known to be offensive, I hate how far political correctness has gone. It’s a bit much, folks. Let’s not be so hypersensitive. That vague term made me giggle – and considering all of the other people groups that fall under the umbrella term “Asian Pacific American,” we’re lucky that he didn’t keep the list running. Ha ha. Craziness. Sigh.