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Ching Chong Chinaman (City Lights Theater, San Jose)

Original post made by Interesting, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 6, 2013

Here's a review of a a stage production in San Jose. It starts with the Wongs, a Chinese American family from Palo Alto..... We are famous! But how right are they? Web Link

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Posted by Uncool
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Hey, Duke University just suspended a fraternity house for giving Asian-themed parties because it offended the Chinese students, who in turn threatened to transfer there overpriced tuition to other schools. Is this play not just as offensive, if not more???

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Posted by 3rd Generation Chinese
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

The title is quite offensive to me and my husband but it sounds like a funny play. They should have chosen a less offensive name. There is a comedic play called Chinglish, which is an unoffensive title.

Re the Duke University Chinese-themed party, the theme in itself is not offensive to me, but I'm guessing the fake accents and jokes at the party would be quite offensive. I know of some whites who live here on the Peninsula with diversity and they toured Duke and felt there was an air of white elitism so they passed on the school and stayed in California.

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Posted by duke hater
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 7, 2013 at 4:12 pm

There's a big difference between this play's title and the Duke incident. This play was written by a Chinese-American and is presumably somewhat based on her life experiences. The Duke incident involved an all-white fraternity making fun of Asian stereotypes. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 7, 2013 at 4:31 pm

If we censure parody and satire then we are in very serious trouble indeed.

I am 1/2 Chinese and I find nothing at all offensive in the Duke satire.

This is America-we believe in freedom of speech, satire, parody and humor.

Love it or leave it

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Posted by Not an issue
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Know your half Chinese Sharon? How does that work? Are you American on even days and Chinese on odd days? Seems at me point you were all Chinese.

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