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February 12th

This is the forefront of the Asian-American civil rights movement?

*face palm*

Miley Cyrus has said she meant no offense by a gesture that some have construed as insensitive to Asians — but one woman isn’t buying the pop star’s story, and she thinks Cyrus should pay.

TMZ reports that the Los Angeles woman, Lucie J. Kim, has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all Asian Pacific Islanders living in Los Angeles County. And she’s seeking quite a payout: $4 billion.

In the controversial photo, Cyrus, 16, is shown sitting on her boyfriend Justin Gaston’s lap surrounded by a group of friends all making a stereotypical gesture by pulling their eyes into a slanted position. The gesture is commonly thought to be offensive to Asian Pacific Americans.

LINK: Click here to see the photo at TMZ.com

The OCA, an organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the U.S., has slammed Cyrus for the photo.

Kim’s lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accuses Cyrus of a civil rights violation and requests at least $4,000 in damages per potential plaintiff, according to TMZ, which says a representative for Cyrus couldn’t be reached Wednesday for comment.

It’s bad enough that white people invented degrading stereotypes and caricatures of Asians. Now we are inventing a new stereotype of overreacting to oh… everything.

Perhaps I’m different from my Asian-American peers. I’m one of the few that wasn’t born in America. It’s not like I came from nothing, hardly. But one thing immigrants like me know that there is no country in the world that is as accepting of all different people than America (My President’s bi-racial. Where’s your bi-racial presidents, Europe?).

When it comes to empowering Asians, I’ve pretty much looked abroad. If the price of being part of the most successful group in America is being taken granted in the workplace or worry how pop culture portrays us, then its a tolerable price.

There is injustice throughout America and the world, and since I am only one man, the last thing I want is to be worked up about what Miley Cyrus did with her fingers.

Update: I just noticed the only Asian guy in the photo was opening his eyes wide, thereby impersonating the gwei lo around him. So should the Caucasians counter-sue also?

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