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Whore of the Orient slammed as a ‘disgrace to Chinese culture’

by on September 2, 2013
 

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Whore of the Orient, the new game from the team who created LA Noire, has been labelled as a ‘disgrace to Chinese culture’, according to Australian website The Age.

28 year old Jieh-Yung Lo, who is a councillor in the City of Monash, has stated that the game could foster racial discrimination and has vowed to take his complaint to the Human Rights Commission.

Recently it was announced that Team Bondi had received $200,000 in funding from the New South Wales government, something else which angered Mr Lo. He said, “The most shocking revelation is that [game developer] Team Bondi received $200,000 from Screen New South Wales to develop the project…Australian institutions should be encouraged to fund projects and initiatives that cultivate  mutual understanding and prosperity in the Australia-China relationship. We need to build greater trust and cultural understanding rather than promote division and negativity.”

“It’s the use of the word ‘Orient’, more even than the word ‘whore’, that is the issue,”  he explained. “The O-word is very similar to the N-word for African-American communities. It’s a 19th century racial-colonial conception and it’s especially painful for older people in the communities.”

The game has been stuck in development since it was first announced in 2011. Since the announcement it has been dropped from more than one publisher with the original Team Bondi name folding, only to be resurrected in February this year.

Via Eurogamer.

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