A Google app, ‘Make Me Asian,’ allowing users to change their appearance, has sparked outrage from Asian-American groups, who call it “racist and offensive.”
[It] allows users to change their appearance by reshaping eyes or fashioning portraits with rice paddy hats and Fu Manchu mustaches is facing protests from Asian-American groups.
The “Make Me Asian” app claims “this is just a fun app [that] lets you indulge you and your friends,” according to its description on the Google Play store.
“You can for a few seconds make himself a Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any other Asians,” reads the description of the app, created by user KimberyDeiss, in broken English.
An online campaign called 18 Million Rising — named after the number of Asian-Americans in the United States — called the app’s depictions of Asians and Native Americans “racist and offensive.”
A similar app, “Make Me Indian,” from the same maker has also recently drawn criticism.
“These racist and offensive portrayals of Asians and Native Americans perpetuate damaging racial stereotypes and should not be distributed on the Google Play store,” the campaign said. Source