Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE AFFILIATES OUTRAGED BY NEW NBC SHOW

ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE AFFILIATES OUTRAGED BY NEW NBC SHOW

Asian Americans Advancing Justice demands the cancellation of “Mail Order Family.”

LOS ANGELES – With the recent trend of substantive and meaningful roles on television that explore nuanced perspectives of Asians in America, NBC’s announcement of a new show in production called “Mail Order Family” is a leap backward in the depiction of Asians and Asian Americans on television.  As one of the few television shows either on air or in production to feature Asian Americans, it is an outrage that NBC has chosen to address the plight of mail-order brides and human trafficking as a family comedy. 

Instead of a thought-provoking documentary, drama, or real-life program about the exploitative nature of the mail-order bride industry, “Mail Order Family” trivializes the predicament of women who are bought and sold into the sex slave trade or into abusive relationships with men they’ve often never met.

For over 30 years, Advancing Justice-LA has provided legal assistance to thousands of immigrant women subject to domestic violence, sexual assault or exploitation, servile marriage and human trafficking, including mail-order brides from the Philippines and other Asian nations.  For more than two decades, Advancing Justice-AAJC has fought for equitable representation and depictions in the media for Asian Americans.

As organizations representing the civil and human rights of Asian Americans, we fight to correct the lack of meaningful Asian American representation on television as well as stand against the exploitation of members of our community for entertainment.  We condemn television executives for choosing to perpetuate the fetishization and commoditization of Asian women and we demand the cancellation of “Mail Order Family.”

 

Contact: 
Randy Bunnao, 213-241-0227 rbunnao@advancingjustice-la.org
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation's members are: Advancing Justice - AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, Advancing Justice - Atlanta, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), and Advancing Justice - Chicago.
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Friday, September 30, 2016

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