Asian-American groups in the US are demanding from Google to remove an
application (app) from its Google Play store called "Make Me Asian"
which allows users to alter their photos to resemble Asian stereotypes.
A similar app called "Make Me Indian" has also received criticism.
apps perpetuate hateful and offensive stereotypes that are used to this
very day to marginalise and humiliate Asians and Native Americans,"
wrote Washington pastor Peter Chin on the website change.org, where he
has started a petition for the apps to be taken down.
not funny, and their use highlights a vicious double standard, where
people are allowed to characterise" both groups "in a way that they
never would do to other races," Chin wrote about the series of Android
phone apps created by designer Kimbery Deiss.
"You can for a few
seconds to make himself a Chinese, Japanese, Korean," Kimbery Deiss
wrote on Google Play about the app that allows users with the click of a
button to be transformed into an Asian with a Fu Manchu mustache and a
rice paddy hat.
Deiss also said that by altering your photo to
look like an Indian with brown skin, war paint and a feather headband
that will now allow you to "not get bored!"
On the change.org
website, Chin is asking that individuals sign a petition stating the
apps "are racist and perpetuate false and offensive stereotypes that are
hurtful to both Asian and Native American communities."