Flushing Assemblywoman Grace Meng is demanding a formal apology from conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh after he mocked Chinese President Hu Jintao manner of speaking on his radio show earlier this week.
Says Meng, who is currently the only Asian-American serving in the New York legislature:
“Not since Jerry Lewis impersonations of Chinese as buck-toothed and squinty-eyed has a public figure been so insulting to Asian-Americans and a visiting world leader. At least the Jerry Lewis offense has the very slight benefit of being popular over a generation ago. Rush Limbaugh should be ashamed of himself, but the real tragedy of this is that he’ll likely feel no remorse. His advertisers and sponsors should be worried about impact to their reputation and brands. I personally suffered ridicule like this as a child, and had hoped we were past this for the sake of all our children. Sadly, that’s not the case.”
Limbaugh, as can be heard in the following clip, said about the Chinese leader’s White House press conference, “Hu Jintao – He was speaking and they weren’t translating. They normally translate every couple of words. Hu Jintao was just going ching chong, ching chong cha,” before launching into a 17-second imitation of Jintao’s dialect.
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