A coalition of community groups recently met with executives from ABC to discuss the recent “kill everyone in China” segment on Jimmy Kimmel.
According to a letter sent out by the Organization of Chinese Americans to its membership, the network committed to a number of changes.
Some of them had previously been announced.
–The formation of a community-network advisory group to develop national programming during APA Heritage Month in May.
–Regular meetings with Executive Producers to develop more roles for Asian Pacific American actors
–Cultural sensitivity training for network staff
–A commitment to not air any more segments using the Kids Table Format which the “kill everyone in China” segment aired under
–Removal of Kids Table segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live, their website and social media
–Acknowledgement that such language can lead to hate crimes
–An apology to the community
Among those groups attending the meeting were Media Action Network for Asian Americans, Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Japanese American Citizens League, National Council of Chinese Americans, East West Players and the Organization of Chinese Americans.
“We are pleased and optimistic about the outcomes of our meeting with ABC. They committed to addressing the damage done by the “kill everyone in China” statement. And they have also taken proactive measures to prevent another incident,” OCA said in its letter signed by Executive Director Tom Hayashi and OCA President Sharon Wong.