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Academic Version: Applying my personal experiences and academic research as a professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies to provide a more complete understanding of political, economic, and cultural issues and current events related to American race relations, and Asia/Asian America in particular.

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July 10, 2005

Written by C.N.

Tsunami Song Writer Back at Work

A reader just alerted me that as reported by the San Jose Mercury News, Rick Delgado, the guy behind the infamous Tsunami Song that ridiculed victims of the Asian tsunami tragedy and which contained racial epitaths against Asians, has just been hired to go a new morning show on “Wild 94.5” in the San Francisco Bay Area:

[Station executive Kim] Bryant says Delgado and the new show featuring local deejay “Strawberry” and Fay Carmona, last in Miami, will be more community-oriented and listener-friendly than the “Doghouse,” which she said got to be more about the hosts than the community.

In a surprising interview, Delgado said he thinks he was misinterpreted and wrote a song that was only in bad taste, but not racist, even though it used an epithet for Chinese people. He said he won’t do that again, “because I like their food and want to eat in their restaurants.”

That’s great. The next thing you know, he’ll claim that he can’t be racist against Asians because his girlfriend/car/rug/vase is “Oriental.” Real nice . . .

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