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Asian Protest Against Racial Insensitivity

Recently, Zondervan published a book on leadership called “Deadly Viper Character Assassins: A Kung Fu Survival Guide for Life and Leadership” written by Mike Foster and Jud Wilhite. Although the contents are genuinely about important topics such as character, integrity, grace, and righteousness in leadership, the way the book presented itself (via the book cover design, website, promotion videos, posters, and all marketing stuff…) has triggered an uproar within the evangelical Asian community due to its insensitivity of using racial stereotypes.

Ed Cyzewski wrote a good reflection on the incident and included some links to the original protests and responses on his blog (H/T: Andy Rowell).

This is one of the earlier promo videos that can make Chinese and Japanese go what the ???

Luckily, as of now, all parties involved have resolved this graciously in a Christian manner. Matters were clarified and apologies were made. It seems like the promotional materials have been redesigned and rid of inappropriate Asian references.

It’s a good lesson to learn for all — on how resolve conflicts peacefully and arrive at better mutual understanding — which is clearly an important leadership virtue.

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