Originally posted on this blog 3 June 2007
Addendum posted 10 May 2009
Judging from the comment below (click COMMENTS to read it), I have to stop assuming people can read my mind and instead offer more explanation for some of my posts.
Here's why this ad would be considered racist by many people:
If you were of Chinese descent and living in 1950s America, the rare times you would see a Chinese person portrayed in the media the portrayal would mostly likely be of a Coolie-like character. In mainstream advertising, people of Asian descent were never portrayed as average Americans.
THAT is why this Chung King character would be considered racist. In the context of the 1950s, that little cartoon character is representative of the one-dimensional portrayal of an entire ethnic group.