I am writing to you after reading your Publisher’s note in the Big Island Chronicle where you write;
“Apparently, in Asian custom, which is pretty prevalent around here, hostess bars are sometimes the venue for business.” tiffany edwards
I’m not sure where you were educated as a journalist, so to begin, this isn’t “pretty” and for you to describe in a sentence that “apparently, in asian custom” reveals your ignorance and frankly, a racist view.
Mayor Kenoi is not “asian” he is full blooded Hawaiian, the appropriate description would be “pacific islander” or Hawaiian.
You use the word Asian as many uneducated folks would describe Latinos, there are many differences between a Mexican culture versus a Panamanian culture. Koreans, Chinese, and Japanese are of asian descent, but for you to lump them all together, along with their custom as you describe, is insulting.
I think you can find a number of people who might use a hostess bar as a venue for business, but for you to make a statement that this as an “asian custom” reeks of unacceptable racism and slander, especially coming from a publisher.
You owe the Asians of Hawaii, and mainland Asian Americans an apology for such a racist statement.
I don’t believe former Senator Daniel Inouye, present Governor Ige, Senator Hirono, Aaron Chung, Dennis Onishi, Barry Taniguchi, or many other asian americans are conducting business, as an Asian custom, in a hostess bar.
If you are circulating 6,000 copies of your publication perpetuating racism and slander towards asians, it is unacceptable in Hawaii, or anywhere else…
take responsibility and be accountable for what you write.