CNN has published an article suggesting that Chinese-style fonts are racist and offensive because they perpetuate ‘crude’ stereotypes.
According to the artcle author Anne Quito, “chop suey fonts to communicate ‘Asianness’ in food packaging, posters and ad campaigns” are evidence of “discrimination and systemic racism.”
Summit News reports: She made this ludicrous assertion despite admitting that the fonts were immediately adopted by Chinese immigrants who came to the United States to set up businesses.
Apparently, the hundreds of thousands of Chinese business owners across the western world don’t appear to believe the font is racist since they choose to proudly display variations of it on the front of their shops and restaurants.
A scholar of Chinese typography also largely dismissed the claims by pointing out that he didn’t find the fonts offensive and that it was a gross oversimplification to label them racist.
Another respondent feared he could be called racist for using Roman fonts.
Numerous other Asian respondents said they were not offended by the font.