July 12th, 2014
San Jose, California
Silicon Valley Chinese Association issues the following statement to denounce certain racist slur made by Fox News TV host Bob Beckel, and demand both Mr. Beckel’s immediate resignation and a formal apology by Fox News to Chinese Americans.
On July 10th, 2014, during his “The Five” TV show, Mr. Beckel used the word “Chinamen” to refer to Chinese people at large, including Chinese Americans. The pejorative word “Chinamen” has been long and widely considered to connote a derogatory and offensive meaning to Chinese people. Yet, this is the second time in recent memory that Mr. Beckel has been caught to use such insulting language toward Chinese Americans. Last year, Mr. Beckel said that after he went swimming, his “eyes blew up, and it made me look Oriental.”
As America continues to embrace diversity and welcome people from all cultural backgrounds, we are outraged by such racist offenses repeatedly made by Mr. Beckel, especially on a major TV network. Mr. Beckel must immediately resign from the “The Five” show, and Fox News must issue a formal apology to the Chinese American community.