Fall 2013 Events

Past related 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.

Facebook post receives at least 4,021 likes.
Warren dismisses the offended.
Sam Tsang, Kathy Khang, and others blog in protest.
Warren takes down the offending Facebook post.

Sept. 24 Warren comments on Sam Tsang’s blog.

Sept. 25 Warren apologizes on his Facebook page.

Social media debates if it was an actual apology.

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.

Nov. 6  LifeWay apologizes for its 2004 Vacation Bible School curriculum, Rickshaw Rally.

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 2003 Soong Chan Rah and Angry Asian Man host a website to mobilize action.

Dec. 9, 2003 Petition organized: 1,533 signatures

Feb. 4, 2004  LifeWay stands by the Rickshaw Rally curriculum.

Other press
Nov. 27, 2003 Ethics Daily
Dec. 5, 2003 Peninsula Clarion via Associated Press
Dec. 27, 2003 Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Jan. 5, 2004 Ethics Daily
Feb. 12, 2004 Ethics Daily

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.

Soong Chan Rah contacts Youth Specialties and the skit’s authors, the Skit Guys.

Mar. 2, 2007  Youth Specialities destroys the remaining 1,700 copies, prints a new edition, and apologizes.

The Skit Guys apologize.

Other press
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.

Nov. 4, 2009 Rah, Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Kathy Khang, Eugene Cho, and Chris Heuertz
conference call with  Deadly Viper authors Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite
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Foster and Wilhite apologize.

Nov. 6, 2009 Rah, Khang, Cho, and Ken Fong conference call with Zondervan executives.

Nov. 19, 2009  Zondervan apologizes and pulls books off shelves.

 

Other press
Nov. 4, 2009  Mother Jones
Nov. 20, 2009 Christianity Today

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