Separate insulting stereotypes from cultural observations –This is tricky territory for any writer, made more treacherous when you’re whipping out a column with minimal research, knowledge or expertise in discussing the culture you’re trying to explore.

I’d add this is made trickier by the general lack of knowledge among non-Asians as to the history of racism against Asian Americans. Folks simply don’t know sometimes that certain “cultural observations” have been wielded as weapons against us; the problem is when your job as a journalist is to educate yourself on these topics, and you write without undertaking that effort. Ignorance is excusable; willful ignorance is not.

Eric Deggans, TV & Media Critic for the Tampa Bay Times, “Reaction to NBA phenom Lin demonstrates need for progress against media prejudices” (via jesifiable)

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