Sen. Leland Yee is not about to let bygones be bygones, not when it comes to Rush Limbaugh’s recent comments about Chinese President Hu Jintao. On Jan. 26, 2011 Yee launched an online petition on his website to condemn Limbaugh’s mocking of the Chinese president’s visit to the White House.

Various local ethnic media organizations have signed onto the petition in protest, including the Fil-Am Star,‚Ä®Hecho en California Radio 1010, Marcos Gutiérrez Productions, and Philippine News.

Civil rights groups, from the Anti-Defamation League to Chinese for Affirmative Action, have also signed the petition.

According to Nichibei Weekly “The petition calls on Limbaugh to apologize for mocking the Chinese
culture and asks his sponsors to pull their advertisements.”

“Other leaders have also condemned Limbaugh including Congressman David Wu, Congresswoman Judy Chu, California Assemblyman Paul Fong, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and New York Assemblywoman Grace Meng,” reports Nichibei Weekly.

Limbaugh, while covering Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit, offered a mock translation of Hu’s words, adding his own, "Chin chong, chin chong cha...," reported the World Journal. After the senator protested Limbaugh’s remarks, Yee received death threats via racist, expletive-laden faxes that contained a graphic of an American flag-adorned pickup truck dragging a noose.

“We should never allow such racist vitriol to go unchallenged,” said Yee. “It is unfortunate acts like these that demonstrate why we must continue to be vigilant against hate and intolerance.”

As of Jan. 30, more than 10,000 people had signed the petition on Yee’s website – www.senate.ca.gov/yee – and the number is growing.

Also check out the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors comedy team's take on  Rush Limbaugh's silly mockery of Hu Jintao on youtube.


Andrew Lam is the author of
East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres and Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora.