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Fall 2013 Events
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FALL 2013 EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE OPEN LETTER
Sept. 23 Rick Warren tweets his latest Facebook page post: an image of a Chinese Cultural Revolution era ballerina.
Sept. 24 Warren comments on Sam Tsang’s blog.
Sept. 25 Warren apologizes on his Facebook page.
Oct. 8 Exponential, a church-planting organization, shows a video with a parody of The Karate Kid, the 1984 martial arts film.
Helen Lee and Kathy Khang begin to organize and write the Open Letter.
Oct. 9 Helen Lee and DJ Chuang reach out to contacts at Exponential.
Oct. 10 Draft of the Open Letter is circulated among a grassroots committee (Ken Fong, Greg Jao, Kathy Khang, Ken Kong, Christine Lee, Helen Lee, David Park, Bruce Reyes-Chow, Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Sam Tsang, Justin Tse, Tim Tseng, and Daniel So).
Top Exponential leaders meet with five Asian American leaders, including DJ Chuang, Daniel and Jeya So, Ray Chang, and Brian Chan.
Oct. 11 Exponential apologizes.
Oct. 13 nextgenerationchurch.org posts the Open Letter to the Evangelical Church.
As of January 27, 2014, there are 937 signatures with more in the comments.
RELATED PAST EVENTS
2003–4 “Rickshaw Rally”
Fall 2003 Southern Baptist Convention LifeWay Christian Resources publishes Far-out Far East Rickshaw Rally: Racing to the Son for Summer 2004 Vacation Bible Studies. The Rickshaw Rally curriculum stereotypes Asians.
Dec. 9, 2003 Petition organized: 1,533 signatures
Feb. 4, 2004 LifeWay stands by the Rickshaw Rally curriculum.
2007 “Skits That Teach” or “Mee Maw”
Fall 2006 Youth Specialties publishes Skits That Teach with a skit featuring a caricature of a Chinese food delivery man.
The Skit Guys apologize.
Mar. 5, 2007 Christian Post
2009 “Deadly Viper”
Nov. 3, 2009 Soong Chan Rah privately engages authors about caricatured Asian themes in Zondervan’s Deadly Viper: A Kung Fu Survival Guide for Life and Leadership.
Rah writes an open letter to Zondervan asking for an apology.
Foster and Wilhite apologize.
Nov. 19, 2009 Zondervan apologizes and pulls books off shelves.
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