The father of a 7-year-old Chinese American boy playing in his first little league game is outraged after the crowd began chanting “hit the ball to China. hit the ball to China” as his son came to bat.
It happened in San Mateo, just south of San Francisco.
The father who asked that he only be identified as Web said he was recording the at bat because his son “was over the moon” to play in his first game.
“Knowing my child is the only Asian American child on this baseball team…it was very upsetting for me,” he told ABC7 News.
Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action and of Stop AAPI Hate, said the chant reinforces the idea of the othering of Asian Americans.
“It parallels this idea of a perpetual foreigner,” she said. “For many Americans China is the furthest away from America both symbolically and distance wise. There has been an increase in less favorable views of China and therefore Chinese people. This is the context in which we have to understand why this would be offensive to our community.”
The father said no one-coaches, umpires, or fans, did anything to stop the chants.
The San Mateo Little League American commissioners vowed they would address the situation and told ABC7 the incident was “”unacceptable behavior and response.”
They pledged to implement diversity training and would speak to all involved so that they understand why this was wrong.
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