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Do Not Call Killer "Asian"

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May 30, 2006
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Political correctness strikes again:

Media Advisory: Coverage on Virginia Tech Shooting Incident
Contact: Janice Lee, 415-346-2051, JaniceL@aaja.org

SAN FRANCISCO (April 16, 2007) -- Like the rest of the nation, we at the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) are stunned at the news of today's shooting at Virginia Tech. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends as they cope with this horrific incident.

As coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting continues to unfold, AAJA urges all media to avoid using racial identifiers unless there is a compelling or germane reason. There is no evidence at this early point that the race or ethnicity of the suspected gunman has anything to do with the incident, and to include such mention serves only to unfairly portray an entire people.

The effect of mentioning race can be powerfully harmful. It can subject people to unfair treatment based simply on skin color and heritage.

We further remind members of the media that the standards of news reporting should be universal and applied equally no matter the platform or medium, including blogs.

We at AAJA, representing approximately 2,000 reporters, editors, photographers and executives in the industry, encourage journalists to refer to style and reference books, both within their own shop as well as AAJA's at http://www.aaja.org/resources/apa_handbook/.

We also invite those with concerns or questions to contact AAJA as a resource for issues of fair and accurate coverage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. AAJA's national office is at (415) 346-2051, National@aaja.org, www.aaja.org.



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Jan 20, 2006
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New Orleans, LA/Cambridge, MA
Yea, because saying Korean is just too accurate.


Oct 23, 2006
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in the back of GW in foggy bottom
yeah maybe but unlike white folk we seldom address whites as say: Irish, English, German. But it is common to say asian to prevent embarrassment of calling a Korean a Japanese, which causes issues.
What a bunch of goof balls because it is used when it is convenient or when they think it is necessary.
Besides being Korean he is asian decent so forget about it.


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Feb 22, 2004
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He was asian wasnt he? He looks asian. Whats wrong with stating that he was asian?

Regardless, the original post's article is incorrect, its very clear there was some race motivation in this event. He did rant against the rich whites in his note didnt he? At least thats what the media has reported...

Dirt McGirt

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Dec 19, 2006
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He was asian wasnt he? He looks asian. Whats wrong with stating that he was asian?
Nothing. I'm Asian and have no problem with referring to Cho as Asian, or more specifically Korean. That's what he was and his actions aren't going to tarnish the Asian population.

Regardless, the original post's article is incorrect, its very clear there was some race motivation in this event. He did rant against the rich whites in his note didnt he? At least thats what the media has reported...
I wouldn't say that it was race related. He ranted against Christians, women, and the rich as well. His victims were shot randomly and indiscriminately. One of the victims was an Asian. This guy was just mentally ill.

Virginia Tech victims
THEY were the future. Thirty-two young adults and their Virginia Tech teachers studying languages, engineering, biology, political science -- the building blocks of a better world.

They came from all over the US and from abroad -- Peru, Indonesia, India.

A sullen loner not only killed them, he destroyed families, friendships and networks across the globe.

Ross Alameddine, 20, of Massachusetts, was described by friends as an intelligent, funny, easy-going guy. He was studying English, French and information technology.

Christopher Bishop, 35, taught German. On his website he told of spending four years in Germany, where he spent most of his time learning the language, teaching English, "drinking large quantities of wheat beer and wooing a certain fraulein".

That "fraulein", Stefanie Hofer, became his wife and colleague at Virginia Tech.

Brian Bluhm, 25, from Iowa, was an engineering student and a fan of Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

Ryan Clark, 22, from Georgia, was a fifth-year student working towards a triple-degree in psychology, biology and English. "He was just one of the greatest people you could possibly know," a friend said.

Austin Cloyd, from Illinois, was gunned down in a French class while her professor father, Bryan Cloyd, taught in another building.

"Austin was the most wonderful daughter in the world," he said.

She was destined for a career at the United Nations, he said.

Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, was a French teacher from Canada. A mother of two, she joined Virginia Tech with her husband, Jerzy Nowak, head of the horticulture department.

"I will forever remember you and what you have done for me," a former student wrote.

Peruvian student Daniel Perez Cueva, 21, majored in international relations. A former member of Peru's national swim team, he also liked to sing and dance.

Professor Kevin Granata, 45, researched muscle and reflex response and robotics. Fellow academics described the father of three as a family man.

Matthew Gwaltney was doing his master's in civil and environmental engineering. He helped teach in the lab.

Caitlin Hammaren, 19, of New York, majored in international studies and French. "She was just one of the most outstanding young individuals that I've had the privilege of working with," said her high school principal.

Jeremy Herbstritt, 27, of Pennsylvania, studied engineering and wanted to do environmental work. He ran a marathon in just over four hours.

Rachael Hill, 18, was an only child studying political science. Friends said she was popular and funny, with a love for shoes.

"Rachael was a very bright, articulate, intelligent, beautiful, confident, poised young woman," her high school principal said. "She had a tremendous future in front of her."

Jarrett Lane, 22, an engineering student, loved The Simpsons. He played trombone and enjoyed football and basketball. He was full of spirit, his brother-in-law said.

Matt La Porte, 20, dreamed of serving as an officer in the air force. The New Yorker was majoring in political science and leadership. "He was a wonderful boy. He was respectful and adorable," a neighbour said.

Henry Lee, was one of 10 children of parents who escaped from Vietnam in 1994 when he was five. He planned to major in computer science and enjoyed racquetball and frisbee.

"I'm just your typical short Asian guy," he wrote on his website.

Professor Liviu Librescu, 76, an Israeli born in Romania, survived the Holocaust and built an international reputation for his research in aeronautical engineering.

Survivors told how he saved their lives by blocking the gunman as they jumped out of windows.

Fellow academic G.V. Loganathan, 51, an Indian-born engineering professor, had been at Virginia Tech since 1982.

"For us it was like an electric shock. We've totally collapsed today," his brother said in India.

A former student remembered him for his elegant style and perfection in teaching.

Partahi Lumbantoruan, 34, was sent money by his family in Indonesia so he could study engineering.

Lauren McCain, 20, from Oklahoma, listed Jesus Christ on her website as "the love of my life". She was studying international affairs.

Daniel O'Neil, 22, from Rhode Island, was an engineering student and assistant teacher. He played guitar and wrote his own songs. "He probably would have gone really far in life and been successful," a neighbour said.

Juan Ortiz, a 26-year-old engineering student from Puerto Rico, loved playing the bongos. He recently married Liselle Vega Cortes, also a student at Virginia Tech.
Minal Panchal, 26, was a first-year building science student from India. She loved cricket and Harry Potter.

Erin Peterson, 18, was on a basketball scholarship. Friends said she made people laugh.

She was shot three times and died in hospital. "My baby didn't make it," her father, Grafton Peterson, said of his only child.

Michael Pohle, 23, from New Jersey majored in biology and was set to graduate in a couple of weeks. "He had a bunch of job interviews and was all set to start his post-college life," a teacher said.

Julia Pryde, 23, from New Jersey, was an exceptional student with a sweet nature. She cared about a lot of things and did something about them, one of her teachers said. On a biology trip to South America, she helped vilagers improve the quality of their water.

Mary Read, 19, was born in South Korea into an air force family. She lived in Texas and California before moving with her family to Virginia.

Her aunt said she had recently started making friends. "I think she wanted to try to spread her wings," she said.

Waleed Shaalan from Egypt, was studying in Norris Hall when he was gunned down.

Leslie Sherman, 20, studied history and international studies and worked at a supermarket on the campus.

Maxine Turner, 22, was just a month away from graduating in chemical engineering. Her interests included tae kwon do, Shakespeare and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Nicole White, 20, an international studies pupil, had a love for animals and the water. She was a pool lifeguard during her high school years and worked part-time at a stable since joining Virginia Tech.

William Joyce

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Jan 23, 2004
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Because nothing will draw attention away from the fact that he's Asian more than a press release from the Asian journalists' association requesting that he not be identified as Asian.

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