“You will never be on this anchor desk, because you’re Chinese”

“So, I asked my news director … over the holidays if anchors want to take vacations, could I fill in? And he said, ‘You will never be on this anchor desk, because you’re Chinese.’ He said ‘Let’s face it Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton? On top of that because of your Asian eyes, I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera, you look disinterested and bored.’

So, what am I supposed to say to my boss? I wanted to cry right then and there. It felt like a dagger in my heart, because all of my life I wanted to be a network anchor.”

— Julie Chen, host of “The Talk,” on her decision to get plastic surgery early in her reporting career

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  • Andre

    On top of that because of your Asian eyes, I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera, you look disinterested and bored.
    Wow, then I guess all the people with bored looking expressions I thought were white must be Asians then and all the people with the exact opposite eyes which I thought to be Asians must be white people then.

  • Baakus

    I haven’t watched the clip, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they simply glossed over the real racial identity and self-hate issues affecting not only Asian Americans but all minority communities. To them, the Julie Chen story is no different than a White woman who was told to go on an extreme diet at the early onset of her career.

    They simply don’t understand racial issues AT ALL.