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Woman bounces back after lashing out at employer’s “me loved you long time” email

Connie Cheung Chicago Search Group

Connie Cheung dared to speak out and now she’s the better for it.

Cheung is the young job applicant who went public with a potential employer’s “me love you long time” email. In the two months that followed, she’s received nearly a dozen job interviews and has since started a new job.

Cheung received the email from James McMahon of the Chicago Search Group where she applied. McMahon had meant his message to go to his boss because they had seen the movie Full Metal Jacket together. The movie features a scene in which an Asian prostitute utters the now infamous phrase.

After numerous media outlets including AsAmNews covered Cheung’s story, she received immediate offers for interviews.

“I was so mind-blown,” Cheung said to Block Club Chicago.

“Hopefully for these two gentleman in the email thread, they will wake up and realize not to diminish any applicant based on the person’s gender or background,” said Cheung’s new boss, Dennis Mondero, the director of the Chinese Mutual Aid Association.

Mondero says his group is the beneficiary of Cheung’s unfortunate experience.

Cheung said she went public with her story against the advise of her mother who feared it could ruin her career.

“I’m happy I had the courage to say something,” she said. “It is OK to speak out. It is OK to speak truths, to say this type of behavior is not OK.”

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