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The parent organization of Kappa Sigma fraternity has suspended its Duke University chapter over a party some claimed was racist after photos surfaced of partygoers in Asian-style clothing.
Last Friday's party was reported to have featured an Asian theme, but university vice president of student affairs Larry Moneta said the title was changed to international relations after some students complained.
An Asian student group filed a complaint and held a protest rally Wednesday.
"The events of the past week have deeply hurt students in our community," the Asian Students Association and the Asian American Alliance wrote on Facebook. "We won't use our platform to alienate, to provide more fodder for stereotypes about Duke, or to trivialize any person's experience. Instead, we will use this opportunity to spread awareness of why the events of the past week were hurtful and to establish a concrete plan for how our community can move forward."
Pictures posted online showed people attending the party dressed in Asian-style clothing and a greeting that mocked Asian dialect.
Kappa Sigma executive director Mitchell Wilson said the national organization will investigate the party and take final action based on the outcome of that probe.
Moneta said the university is considering unspecified action.
As CBS affiliate WRAL notes, controversy over racial insensitivity isn't new for the university.
In November, Duke women's lacrosse coach Kerstin Kimel apologized after photos from a Halloween party at her house showing a player in black-face were posted on the school's athletic department's website.
Wow. This is NOT roomy!
I'm offended that if they're going to do this, they didn't have some way to incorporate the double entendre "Brew Devils"
Were they dancing Gangnam Style at the party?
The Crazies and NOD have you well covered on this front certainly.
this is dumb
Worse Asians: The ones who complained about this or the ones at Maryland who protested The Bloodhound Gang at the 2000 Art Attack?
So, Duke's entire student body protested?
"It's just so hard," Greivis said. "It's my heart, my love. Maryland made me who I am."
I don't understand what 'asian style clothing' is. Was everyone in Pokemon, anime and hello kitty outfits? Sumo wrestling speedos? Mao jackets? Fumanchews?
The shit is stupid on too many levels.
I wish I was a minority of some sort so that I could know what it's like to be made fun of, because I'm pretty sure I wouldn't give a shit.
I guess there aren't enough blacks on campus to offend, that they're forced to target the Orientals.
Wow some of you guys are NC State-ing the shit out of this
Well, I was race-baiting by calling them Orientals.
I've basically decided stro is trash, and wrong about everything, so
"Asian" is an overly broad and stupid term for describing a race/ethnicity. Do you think the same group would be just as angry if the "Asian" party asked people to put on their big furry hats, bring a bottle of vodka, and come see a special performance by Yakov Smirnoff?
I think anyone would be angry if they were invited to a party and had to sit through a performance by Yakov Smirnoff.
Or everyone at the party just went as themselves.
White people just don't get it its a shame.
In addition, parents just don't understand.
don't get what, exactly?
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