by STEVE HAN
A controversial Android app mocking Asian ethnic groups sparked the launching of an online petition, with the number of signatures surpassing 1,000 in just a week.
The app is called “Make Me Asian” and was created by KimberyDeiss. It allows users to redesign their profile pictures on various social networking sites. Its features include choices of putting on an Asian peasant hat, mustache or adding slanty eyes on the users’ profile pictures. The app is currently available at the Google Play store.
Peter Chin, a Korean American pastor based in Washington, D.C., started the petition.
“Asians and many minorities have silently endured being characterized by offensive stereotypes because we felt powerless to do anything about it,” Chin told iamKoreAm.
“I’ve come to realize that this dynamic is no longer true. So I created the petition as a means of saying, no, this kind of stereotype is not acceptable to me, and to many others, and we will not simply shake our heads but accept it as our fate.”
The petition on Change.org has 1,030 signatures as of Wednesday and needs only 470 more to be completed.