This MLK Weekend, A Trip to the Racial Slur Database

On Martin Luther King Holiday, it is important for API’s to think about what kind of country we would be living in today had this great man not lived.

This Martin Luther King Holiday weekend, it is important for APIs to think about what kind of country we would be living in today had this great man not lived. On days like this, I like to visit the racial slur database (http://www.rsdb.org/search?q=asian). Seeing the sheer number of racist, sexist and ignorant names APIs have been called throughout our history, reminds me how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go.

How many of these racist epithets have you been called?  In my 32 years, thankfully, I’ve been only called four of the names. I’m not sure if that’s a lot or a little.

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Author: Koji Steven Sakai

Writer/Producer Koji Steven Sakai is the founder of Little Nalu Pictures LLC and the CEO of CHOPSO (www.CHOPSO.com), the first Asian English streaming video service. He has written five feature films that have been produced, including the indie hit, The People I’ve Slept With. He also produced three feature films, a one hour comedy special currently on Netflix, and Comedy InvAsian, a live and filmed series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians. Koji’s debut novel, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies, was released in paperback in 2015 and in audiobook in 2016 and his graphic novel, 442, was released in 2017. In addition, he is currently an adjunct professor in screenwriting at International Technological University in San Jose.