Wall Street Journal, Asian American Journalists Association, and South Pacific

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Again, wasn't there a memo on this word?

A review on the latest resurgence of "South Pacific" appeared in the Wall Street Journal, which used the words "Japs." MediaWatch responded by sending a letter to the publication [...]

In Weekend Journal's April 4 review of the latest revival of "South Pacific," your critic, Terry Teachout, called the production "tepid." We at the Asian American Journalists Association have a much stronger reaction to the review itself and are deeply concerned by the casual use of a term we consider deeply vulgar.

In the review, Mr. Teachout says, "Stir in a megadose of beat-the-Japs period fervor, ..."
Read more here at the AAJA.