Pro-Prop 8 Chinese Ad Equates Same-Sex Marriage to Pedophilia

Jim Burroway

October 16th, 2008

… and incest and polygamy.

These people running this campaign have no shame whatsoever.

neil h.

October 16th, 2008

I wonder if anybody has told the Mormons that gay marriage will lead to polygamy? :-)

Eric

October 16th, 2008

um… did I miss something? I speak 3 languages, other than english, I love languages and people of all walks of life, I am NOT a bigot, but why in the world is there a CHINESE PSA concerning something with the UNITED STATES government? I’m genuinely confused, because I thought one of the essential mandates to vote on anything, was to speak english, beyond that, I’m genuinely offended because I’m sure most chinese people (at least my friends that happen to be chinese) if not for marriage equality outright, are at least not dumb enough to equate it with such garbage. If I were to see such an ad in english here in Italy, I would be mortified, because then everyone would presume thats what I think. I’m both offended for and sorry for the chinese community that ignorant people have acted so fiendishly to undermine the progress of both gay and chinese people.

Kevin

October 16th, 2008

Eric,

It is quite common to find communities in the United States that speak a language other than English. English is not the official language of the United States and there are no requirements to speak English to enter the country and set up residence, whether legally or (as the case is with millions of undocumented residents) illegally.

Many Chinese American citizens cannot functionally communicate in English and there is a whole Chinese (aka Mandarin or Cantonese) speaking subculture that has it’s own radio shows, television stations, newspapers, businesses, schools, and even voter education pamphlets.

When I phonebanked recently, I cannot tell you how many people with Chinese surnames I called who were registered to vote but couldn’t communicate in English.

Stefano A

October 16th, 2008

CHINESE PSA concerning something with the UNITED STATES government? I’m genuinely confused, because I thought one of the essential mandates to vote on anything, was to speak english,

It’s not unusual for an ethnic political action committee to create their own public service announcement to be broadcast or published in the media focused specifically on their own community. This is, in fact, quite common for many ethnic groups in the US.

You are correct that applicants for naturalization must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage in the English language (with some exceptions) and be a citizen in order to vote.

there are no requirements to speak English to enter the country and set up residence, whether legally or (as the case is with millions of undocumented residents) illegally.

This is true with regard to simply being in the country on a visitors visa or to legally set up residence as a non-citizen.

However, although to vote you must be a citizen, there is no requirement that you must vote by an English language ballot. The Voting Rights Act established that voters in areas with large populations of non-English-speaking citizens may request to cast ballots in their native language.

Invariant Memory

October 16th, 2008

Eric:

This ad is probably also a response to the survey released yesterday that shows that Asian-Americans are overwhelmingly against Prop 8:

http://www.mercurynews.com/community/ci_10726071

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