Fox's Chinatown segment a tired disgrace

Fox News' Jesse Watters interviews Chinese Americans in a controversial "O'Reilly Factor" segment.

Story highlights

  • Jeff Yang: Asians have understandably reacted with fury to a Chinatown segment on "The O'Reilly Factor"
  • Segment lampooned Chinese Americans via pop culture's most tired stereotypes, he says

Jeff Yang is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and a frequent contributor to radio shows including Public Radio International's "The Takeaway" and WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show." He is the co-author of "I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action" and editor of the graphic novel anthologies "Secret Identities" and "Shattered." The views expressed are his own.

(CNN)At this point, the opening notes to Carl Douglas's classic ode to chopsocky, "Kung Fu Fighting" -- at least when not accompanied by an animated panda -- have become a trigger warning for most Asian Americans. It's usually a sign of horrendous things to come.

And, in "political humorist" Jesse Watters' recent segment for Bill O'Reilly's hoary Fox News gabfest "The O'Reilly Factor," the sound of that refrain was paid off in full.