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Politically prickly

When it comes to mishaps, AsianWeek may have changed the Year of the Boar into the Year of the Boor (or Bore).

The news journal got into hot water this week with the publication of “Why I Hate Blacks,” by New York contributor Kenneth Eng. The column’s negative feelings towards African Americans infuriated Asian Americans, such as Alameda County Supervisor Alice Lai-Bitker, who fired off a press release denouncing the writer, the topic and the publication.

Stating that she’s “furious at AsianWeek,” Lai-Bitker said the person responsible for running the column should be fired. She also said any county advertising in AsianWeek pull out if the San Francisco-based publication doesn’t take firm action against “hate speech.”

Lai-Bitker doesn’t mention any names, but the politically powerful Fang family owns and edits AsianWeek. Lai-Bitker and the Fangs were linked, albeit distantly, last year when both contributed to the successful election campaign of Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco.

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