- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 4, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO

An editor of a weekly newspaper that calls itself “The Voice of Asian America” apologized after Asian-American and city leaders condemned a column titled “Why I Hate Blacks.”

In the piece, which appeared in the Feb. 23 edition of San Francisco-based AsianWeek, contributor Kenneth Eng lists reasons why he supports discrimination against blacks, including because “they are the only race that has been enslaved for 300 years.”

Ted Fang, AsianWeek’s editor at large, called the decision to publish Mr. Eng’s piece a “mistake” and held a press conference with leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in San Francisco last week to discuss how the Asian and black communities “can be different and yet get along and work together.”

Mr. Fang said paper would not publish Mr. Eng’s writing.

“The newspaper is sorry that this got published, and I am personally sorry that this got published,” Mr. Fang said. “The views in that opinion piece do not in any way reflect the views of AsianWeek.”

Leaders at the Asian American Justice Center, Chinese for Affirmative Action, Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans and other groups began circulating a petition denouncing the column as “irresponsible journalism, blatantly racist, replete with stereotypes, and deeply hurtful to African Americans.”

“It certainly does not speak for the vast majority of Asian-Americans,” said Stewart Kwoh, who heads the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles. “This kind of inflammatory [column] really can hurt and damage relations with the broader African-American community.”

AsianWeek, with a circulation of 48,505, issued a statement apologizing for “any harm or hurt this has caused the African American community.” The paper plans to review its policies to “make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Mr. Fang said.

Mr. Eng, a recent New York University graduate who has described himself as an “Asian supremacist,” has written several columns for AsianWeek since November, including pieces titled “Proof That Whites Inherently Hate Us” and “Why I Hate Asians.”

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