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WSJ:Asian Americans have a different relationship with Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney, Breakfast at TiffanysWhile American mourns the death of legendary actor Mickey Rooney, it’s fair to say many Asian Americans don’t exactly have a warm and fuzzy feeling about him.

For many in the community, its not Rooney’s many roles as both a child and adult actor that will be remembered, its his hideous and stereotypical filled depiction of  Mr. I.Y. Yunioshi in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s that will always hurt.

Jeff Yang delves deeper into this issue in the Wall Street Journal and draws parallels to the ongoing use of such offensive monikers as Redskins and Indians in sports.

Read Yang’s blog and let is know how you feel about Mickey Rooney and whether you see similarities between Yunioshi and the current controversy in sports with Native Americans.



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