The Kappa Sigma fraternity at Duke University threw an “Asia Prime” party on February 1, resulting in their suspension by the school. Prior to the party, Duke’s Asian American Alliance brought up complaints, leading to the party being renamed (instead of being cancelled altogether) to “International Relations.”
Yahoo! News posted a picture of the e-mail invitation that was sent out, which included a picture of Kim-Jong Il from Team America: World Police and misspellings intended to imitate Asian accents such as “Herro” and “Chank you.”
First of all, a party where everyone dresses Asian? As a Taiwanese-American, I personally don’t understand the intrigue to dressing up in staunch white makeup and unflattering baggy smocks. I also bet people were having a difficult time with the chopsticks they must’ve had to eat with.
If anything, people are coming to a frat party to rage! So wouldn’t one want to be comfortable, perhaps wear something a little showy – an “Italian” themed party would’ve been more appropriate for the occasion (I’ve been waiting to bust out my Pauly D hair wig).
All jokes aside, the real issue here is how Duke allowed the fraternity to throw the racially heated party, even after receiving numerous complaints. Don’t tell me that they really bought the facade of renaming the party to “International Relations.” College students need to check themselves before they engage in potentially offensive and discriminatory behavior and school administrations need to strongly enforce and facilitate this check.