Koreans Slam NY Post for ‘Lunar-tics’ Headline

Front page of the Post on January 25, 2014. (Photo via The Korea Times)

Front page of the Post on January 25, 2014. (Photo via The Korea Times)

After The Korea Times reported on The New York Post’s “Lunar-tics” headline, Korean groups voiced strong condemnation against the Post.

Using the headline, “Lunar-tics,” the front page of the January 25 edition of the Post criticized Bill de Blasio and other officials for their support of making the Lunar New Year a school holiday.

In a letter sent to the Post on January 27, the Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York (KAPA-GNY) called for an immediate apology.

In the letter, the association accused the Post of bullying Asians, comparing the headline to anti-Semitism. It said the paper should be remorseful for the prejudice it showed against Asians and apologize.

The letter went on to say that making the Lunar New Year a public school holiday would be a great opportunity for understanding Asian cultures, not just for Asian-Americans students but also for students of other ethnicities.

KAPA-GNY pointed out that this was not the first time the paper showed disrespect toward Asians. When reporting on Ki Suk Han – a Korean man pushed onto the tracks at a Manhattan subway station and killed by an oncoming train in December 2012 – the Post sparked backlash from Koreans over its front-page headline “DOOMED” with the subhead: “Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die” [The paper ran a full-page photo of Han on the tracks in the path of the train.]

The recent story – making fun of Asians by calling them lunatics – is a form of racism, said KAPA-GNY president Yoonhee Choi.

Koreans and other Asian-American groups have strongly condemned the Post for its mockery of politicians who support the measure and of Asian communities.

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