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Wall Street Journal criticized for ‘Too Many Asians’ headline

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The Wall Street Journal is facing criticism for an OP-Ed published Monday evening with the headline “Are there ‘Too Many Asians.'” Many Asian American activists feel that it was inappropriate to write a provocative headline after several Asian Americans were killed during a mass shooting.

The OP-ed discusses population control in China discussing the perspective of those who were for it and against it as well as looking at the impact of China’s policies.

Asian Americans on social media primarily took issue with the headline WSJ initially used rather than the content of the OP-Ed itself. Even though the OP-Ed does not argue there are too many Asians, the headline comes just as the Asian American community is mourning the loss of 11 people in the Monterey Park shooting. It is also written against the backdrop of rising Anti-Asian violence and racism in the United States.

Phil Yu, an activist, called the timing of the headline “weirdly inappropriate.”

Raymond Chan, president of the Asian American Christian Collaborative, wrote on Twitter that the OP-Ed does demonstrate how the Asian American community must always wonder how welcome they are.

WSJ has created a new headline for the OP-Ed but has not acknowledged the backlash towards the first headline.

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  1. Perhaps the WSJ could’ve written the headline as “Too few Caucasians in the world as a percentage of the population.” Or “ We need more Caucasians to get back to 19th-century imperial days. “

    The headline of WSJ wrote just shows how this conservative Republican newspaper is clueless.


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