The NY Times is under fire for its lack of coverage of Filipino Americans. The controversy resurfaced after several leaders in the Filipino American community charged the Times left out Filipino Americans in its recent coverage of racism against Asian Americans and the personal experience of one of its Asian American editors.
By Ed Diokno
It’s October- Filipino American History Month – but you’d never know it if you read the New York Times.
Once again, brown Asians were marginalized – or just plain ignored – when the Old Grey Lady did a story about Asian Americans responding to a racist encounter aimed at their Deputy Metro Editor Michael Luo when a passerby yelled at him “Why don’t you go back to your f–king country?”Luo wrote a powerful letter – hash tagged #thisis2016 – in response and the editors placed it on their front page. The NYT also posted a video to accompany Luo’s letter. The video, however, was flawed. It featured all East Asians and only one Filipino American, Keratin Perez.
It might have passed without notice, but it was the second time that brown Asians were slighted and forgotten by the NYT. It irked some, enough so that five wrote their own letter directed to the New York Times that was published in Huffington Post.