Lawyer sparks furor with post about Asian-Americans, claims she's receiving threats
A lawyer in Southern California drew backlash and reportedly received threats final week right after an online post that she titled, "The Asians that took more than Orange County."
In the now-deleted post, Christina Ignatius compared the Asians and Asian-Americans she has encountered with those in the hit film "Crazy Wealthy Asians." Even though the post has been deleted, a copy was captured and posted by the Asian-American news web site NextShark, which very first reported on it.
"My friend stated that there is anything coming out known as Crazy Wealthy Asians. It reminds me of all the Asians who flooded into Orange County and then took more than our mall at South Coast Plaza," Ignatius wrote.
"My buddy mentioned that there is something coming out referred to as Crazy Rich Asians. It reminds me of all the Asians who flooded into Orange County and then took over our mall at South Coast Plaza."
She added that she attended the University of California at Irvine with "a lot of rice rockets," claiming Asians "flooded that college."
In other comments, the lawyer referred to the stereotype that Asians are bad drivers.
"They will drive their Mercedes in the carpool lane and then cut across five lanes to get more than to the mall, as if your vehicle next to them did not even matter, " she wrote. "That’s why we have the term ‘driving like an Asian.’"
Soon after being contacted by the Orange County Register about the furor her post caused, Ignatius mentioned she "didn’t have any intent of anger and hatred," so wasn’t deserving of criticism and threats.
"If you have no malintent, you did not do something incorrect," she told the paper. She mentioned the post was "meant as a joke" for her Facebook close friends, according to the Register.
"If you have no malintent, you didn't do something wrong."
&ldquoThey (Asians) poke fun at themselves,&rdquo she said. &ldquoI really like them. I operate with them. I adore their culture. That&rsquos why I really like &lsquoThe Things Asian Moms Say.&rsquo&ldquo
But Susan Kang Schroeder, the Korean-born chief of employees for Orange County District Lawyer Tony Rackauckas, wrote a Facebook post of her own, denouncing Ignatius’ post, according to the Register.
&ldquoI am saddened by your racist, insensitive and basically unacceptable post,&rdquo she wrote. &ldquoIt&rsquos difficult to imagine that an lawyer in Orange County would make such an ignorant post in 2018.&rdquo
&ldquoIt&rsquos hard to envision that an lawyer in Orange County would make such an ignorant post in 2018.&rdquo
California’s population of far more than 39 million individuals is about 15 % Asian-American, with other Californians claiming to have some Asian heritage, U.S. Census Bureau data show.
Published at Sun, 02 Sep 2018 09:15:00 +0000