Over on the CBC radio program Q, I was interviewed by Jian Ghomeshi about Maclean’s “Too Asian” article. You can listen to the show here.
Interestingly, Maclean’s was asked if they wanted to appear on the show and debate the issue. They not only declined the request, they refused to make a statement on this matter. This adds to my general sadness on this topic: if Maclean’s wanted to raise such a provocative topic, they should have the courage of their convictions and argue it out with their critics. But it seems like Maclean’s wants to have their cake and eat it too. They want to get attention for publishing something that angers people, but when objection are raised they duck out of engagement with the issue and act like their being unfairly singled out for criticism.
Highlights of the show:
* I ask if the CBC is too Iranian because Jian Ghomeshi works for them.
* I ask if Chinese-Canadians are human or robots, and come out with the controversial position that they are human.
*I come out foursquare in favour of drinking and getting laid as part of higher education.