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by anti-racist Thursday, Jul. 17, 2003 at 2:55 PM

A CALL TO ACTION WHAT: Protest Fox at the annual Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. WHERE: The Renaissance Hotel at Hollywood and Highland, 1755 North Highland. Hollywood. For directions: WHEN: Thursday, July 17, from 8-10 a.m. WHY: Express your disapproval at the new Fox Television Show, "Banzai."

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Everything is connected. An Asian American soldier placed the U.S. Flag on the statue of Saddam that was pulled down. The whole staged event was broadcast by FOX (and all other corporate media, naturally). That Asian American soldier... when he comes home... IF he comes home... will find FOX broadcasting a show that demeans and mocks Asians, a totally racist show called, "Banzai!"

Racism is evil no matter who it's directed against. If you think protesting a television show is not the thing to be doing while the U.S. is occupying other countries, think again. Everyone, JOIN THIS PROTEST against FOX... racism is NOT funny! This is NOT a protest for Asians... this is a protest by everyone who is against racism!



Asian Americans have had a long history of suffering discrimination and persecution because of the widespread misperception that all ethnic Asians are socially and culturally un-American. Stereotypical media portrayals of manic, socially awkward Asian men with thick glasses and thicker accents reinforce this misperception, as does the near-total absence of countervailing portrayals of Asian Americans functioning as recognizable members of American society.

The FOX television network's decision to broadcast and promote the TV show "Banzai" shows a blatant disregard for the consequences and power of racial media stereotypes. Asian American children are especially susceptible to the taunts and ostracism of their peers, who are likely to be entertained by the show's simplistic comedy premises and fast pace, but are unlikely to have developed the critical facilities necessary to reject the stereotypes presented.

More generally, to date there has been no indication that FOX ever intended the viewers of "Banzai" to question the portrayals of Asian men that constitute the show's signature images. To the contrary, as a patently mindless entertainment vehicle, "Banzai" is not intended for viewing with a socially critical eye.

Some defenders of "Banzai" have suggested that the show doesn't promote stereotypes, but rather makes fun of them. The cartoon at illustrates the absurdity of this premise.

Still other supporters of the show point out that it is based on game shows that were created in Japan. Of course, the show's creative history does not alter the fact that the portrayals in FOX's show are demeaning stereotypes when seen from an American audience's perspective. Nor does it mitigate the consequences of the widespread viewing of these portrayals for Asian Americans, especially our children. Finally, it does not disqualify Asian Americans from criticizing the show, because Asian Americans are no more responsible for Japanese television productions than the Japanese American World War II internees were responsible for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Other defenders of "Banzai" have expressed outrage that Asian Americans should find cause for complaint about anything having to do with race relations in the United States. The voices of Asian Americans are so rarely heard in the mainstream media, and the history of Asian Americans in the United States is so rarely taught, that the relevance of race to the experiences of Asian Americans comes as a surprise to many people.

Many Americans are heavily invested in the stereotype of Asian Americans as "honorary whites" for whom race no longer creates a social stigma. They desperately cling to any anecdotal evidence they can find that will support this investment: the complicity of a few Asian actors in the production of "Banzai" or a few Asian friends who don't find the show offensive. As we bear witness in contradiction of these views, we expect to reap a whirlwind of outrage from those we have surprised with our rejection of the title of "honorary white."

We, the Undersigned, will boycott all FOX Broadcasting Company properties, including FOX, FX, FOX News Channel, FOX Movie Channel, National Geographic Channel, Fox Sports Net, Fox Sports World, and Speed Channel, for a period of two (2) months for each week that "Banzai" remains on the air. We will also support a boycott of prominent sponsors of FOX and Banzai.

For more information on the boycott, visit

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thanks 'anti-racist'.... lynx-13 Friday, Jul. 18, 2003 at 12:00 AM
Who are the actors in Bonzai? Jess Wonderin. Friday, Jul. 18, 2003 at 2:56 AM
. lynx-13 Friday, Jul. 18, 2003 at 7:25 PM
. lynx-13 Friday, Jul. 18, 2003 at 8:55 PM
Sunrie Anthony Saturday, Jul. 19, 2003 at 4:09 PM
sunrie? you're a racist Saturday, Jul. 19, 2003 at 4:54 PM
Get A life SpyD Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2003 at 11:23 AM
Bonzai its no nip show! Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2003 at 1:28 PM
bonzai rocks Audrey Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2003 at 9:35 PM
oh please Riech Wingnut Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2003 at 10:23 PM
Mr. John Price Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2003 at 3:16 PM
llllllllll lynx-13 Friday, Jul. 25, 2003 at 9:53 PM
Kahn Genghis Saturday, Jul. 26, 2003 at 11:36 AM
HA! this is laughable. Don Sunday, Jul. 27, 2003 at 12:47 AM
MANAA updates lynx-13 Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003 at 7:27 AM
worse than 'Banzai'....? lynx-13 Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003 at 8:28 PM
Anybody see fox news last night O'reilly Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 10:07 AM
USA is full of bunch of racists Anti-North Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 11:15 AM
Racists? smackdown Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 11:51 AM
Where are you from Anti-North? tpfkamw Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 12:09 PM
BUT BUT LOOK Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 12:22 PM
Nice religion... smackdown Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 12:38 PM
But look again tpfkamw Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 12:42 PM
BUT BUT Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 12:50 PM
Yes, I saw it on TV. tpfkamw Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 1:00 PM
BUT BUT Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 1:11 PM
The problem with the Palestinians... tpfkamw Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 1:43 PM
Can any of you... tpfkamw Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 2:11 PM
BUT BUT Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 2:17 PM
Can any of you... tpfkamw Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 2:48 PM
Mr. John Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 6:50 PM
John tpfkamw Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 6:54 PM
To my faker tpfkamw Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 7:44 PM
tpfkamw Mental Health Professional Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 7:46 PM
Help! tpfkamw Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 7:48 PM
If you protest this, you ARE RETARDED GET A LIFE Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003 at 11:45 PM
HEY GET A LIFE! oxo Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003 at 11:11 AM
Bullshit Paul Fillmore Wednesday, Oct. 01, 2003 at 4:02 PM
Mr Mysterybadger Friday, Oct. 10, 2003 at 11:15 AM
bonzai no one's business Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004 at 7:16 PM
im so happy!!! Abe Sunday, Mar. 14, 2004 at 4:49 AM
Uneducated Comments Mr Ugly Saturday, Jan. 08, 2005 at 9:43 PM
To moron who called me Racist Sunrie Monday, Jan. 23, 2006 at 7:00 PM
"They had a screen shot of an IMC web page" just wondering Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006 at 4:17 PM
"nessie" just wondering Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2006 at 2:44 AM

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