Anti-Asian racism collective as yet heard

Almost a year ago, Radio 10 broadcast a supposedly satirical song with the lyrics "Prevention is better than Chinese. The public prosecutor's office dismissed the case regarding the Radio 10 corona song in June despite numerous reports and denunciations. A collective against anti-Asian racism will be given a hearing following the Article 12 proceedings next Wednesday, January 20, 2021, will still have the opportunity to present Amsterdam to tell their side of the story and force prosecution.

Contested song

Almost a year ago, more and more Asian Dutch were targeted by "corona jokes and anti-Asian sentiment in the Netherlands increased at lightning speed. Despite the Ellemeet C.S. motion that specifically spoke out against anti-Asian discrimination regarding COVID-19, Radio 10 broadcast a supposedly satirically intended song. Dozens of reports and reports followed to the police as well as more than three thousand complaints to anti-discrimination facilities through the national website of Disrimination.nl. Also more than 60,000 people signed the petition "We are not viruses" as a result of this song.

Hearing 20 January 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

The collective initiated Article 12 proceedings last August after the Public Ministry dismissed the case. The Amsterdam Court of Appeal invites the collective to Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 10.30 am at the Amsterdam Court of Appeal to tell their story. The collective consisting of Asian Raisins, Pan Asian Collective, Out & Abroad and the anti-discrimination services RADAR and Meldpunt Discriminatie Regio Amsterdam and the national association against discrimination Discriminatie.nl. They will be assisted by Professor Tom Zwart of the Cross Cultural Human Rights Centre. A small committee will be present tomorrow. Wei-Lun Lam of Asian Raisins will speak at this.

Pleased with hearing

"We are delighted that we have the opportunity to express that this song crosses 'a line' that has has hurt many people. That not every joke is funny," indicates Hui-Hui Pan of Pan Asian Collective points out. Wei-Lun Lam of Asian Raisins continues. "For that reason we started the 'It's just a joke' but #iklachnot campaign to raise awareness through create awareness through art." Part of this community campaign is to use illustrations and photographs to share stories share about the negative impact of so-called jokes.