Friday, April 10, 2009

Boston Councilor Sam Yoon on Betty Brown’s Remarks

More on state Rep. Betty Brown's remarks from Boston City Councilor-at-Large and first Asian American to hold elected office in Boston, Sam Yoon:

“It is insulting and simply wrong to suggest that Asians should deny their heritage in order to participate in the electoral process. Asian Americans have a proud and diverse ethnic heritage that prominently includes our language and our names. I join John Liu’s call for a full apology for the insensitive remarks of Representative Betty Brown.

As this incident in Texas shows, there are many obstacles in the way of racial tolerance. I’ve been fighting a battle in Massachusetts to ensure voting rights for Chinese Americans who are denied a fully transliterated ballot. Unfortunately, we have a long way to go before Asian American citizens in this country are treated equally.”

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