This video clip is extremely offensive and portraying Asians in a cartoonish manner in order market your merchandise. Particularly offensive is the voiceover of a white person doing a faux Asian accent: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=35881373178&ref=mf
This image presents Asian as sinister enemies: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=deadly+viper&init=quick#/photo.php?pid=2233965&id=101311418670
This quote reveals an insensitivity to the Chinese language and mocks Chinese names: â€œThere is a killer called Zi Qi Qi Ren. No, this is not some communicable disease, but it certainly is deadly. This funky Chinese wordâ€
The use of Chinese characters and kanji in a non-sensical manner.Rah continued:Â “Mike and Jud, you are two white males who are inappropriately co-opting another culture and using it to further the marketing of your book,” he wrote. “You are not from our cultural framework, yet you feel that you have the authority to represent our culture before others.” After Mike Foster, initially responding negatively to the criticism, many Asian American blogs picked up on the story; and the pressure began to mount on Zondervan.Â On Thursday of last week, Zondervan finally did:
This bookâ€™s characterizations and visual representations are offensive to many people despite its otherwise solid message.
There is no need for debate on this subject. We are pulling the book and the curriculum in their current forms from stores permanently.What do you think?Â Is this a case of being politically correct, or a real act of racism?Â (A personal note:Â Deadly Viper was actually released two years ago in 2007.Â I read it shortly after it came out.Â It’s a good book.Â I never thought twice about racial stereotypes when I read the book.Â Maybe because it wasn’t about anything racial; maybe because I’m just racially insensitive.Â The book had a Kung Fu theme in an attempt to attract young men.Â It’s a sharp, over-produced, expensive to make, little book.Â My teenage son went through a small-group using the book; and enjoyed it.Â It has many great themes, including integrity, self-discipline, and sexual purity.)Â None of us ever thought twice about the Kung Fu-i-ness of the book and how that might misrepresent Asian culture.) Which begs the question:Â Are some of us under-sensitive?Â Are some of us over-sensitive?Â What’s the proper balance? You can read more here… Love to hear your input… Todd