The “Make Me Asian” app is something that actually exists in the Google Play store. This free app will let you resemble one of the characters featured in the thumbnail – a stereotypical Asian person.The description of the app is just as funny as the concept itself:
“You can for a few seconds to make himself a Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any other Asians! […] Almost instantly, you can make yourself or your friends by representatives of Asian nations, such as Chinese or Japanese,” it reads.
Asian-American groups are definitely not amused by the fact that they are portrayed in a cartoony manner, nor do they enjoy the racial stereotyping.
“They are not funny, and their use highlights a vicious double standard, where people are allowed to characterize” both groups “in a way that they never would do to other races,” pastor Peter Chin, from Washington, explains.
According to Novinite, he started a petition to have the app removed, on Change.org. He is joined by 18millionrising.org, who describe it as “racist and hateful.”