The Craig Fahle Show

Political Advertising Trend Portrays Asians As The Enemy

Tuesday, February 7. 2012

Senatorial Candidate Pete Hoekstra's campaign ad is causing some controversy, much of it questioning whether or not the ad is insensitive or racist. Regardless of the insensitivity, the ad is just another in a very long history in this country of using Asians as a group to be feared. Here are just a few recent commercials.

Scott Kurashige, Associate Professor of American culture and history, and director of the Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program at the University of Michigan joins Craig to discuss the use of Asians as the enemy in political ads, and the history of discrimination against Asian Americans.