Open letter to Heimathafen Neukölln “We are not ‘gooks'”!

The association Korientation e.V., together with a large alliance of organizations and individuals, has written an open letter to the Heimathafen Neukölln, thus reigniting the public debate on anti-Asian racism:

“We have learned to our dismay that until February 04, 2014, over a longer period of time, despite complaints received, the Heimathafen Neukölln has shown in the context of its exhibition “I love NK” a picture that is undoubtedly hurtful to Asian people. In this photo, a blond white woman wearing a white Heimathafen T-shirt with the imprint “I love NK” can be seen in an East Asian-looking park. Her grinning face reproduces an old and very disparaging racist stereotype by pulling her eyes up into “slits” with her fingers. […]”

“We call on the management of Heimathafen Neukölln to take responsibility and apologize publicly without delay. Furthermore, we urge you to fully and unreservedly clarify this artistic aberration in public […]”

Current exciting literature for further thematic reading can be found in the dossier“Asian Germany” by freitext, korientation and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the article by Makoto Takeda in“Standing up Equality in Germany’s Schools“, as well as the guide for non-racist carnival costumes by dangerbananas. And last but not least, of course, the comprehensive anthology“Asian Germans.