by Kirsten Chang
One of the topics of conversation on UNC’s campus this week concerned a controversy that’s happening over at Duke. It’s a controversy that raises questions about racial stereotypes … and about how much authority university administrators have over what goes on in fraternity houses.
It started after the Duke fraternity Kappa Sigma held an Asian themed party at a house off campus. The invitation to the party, which was sent out to much of the Duke student body, included phonetically spelled words to imitate a stereotypical Asian accent. And photos surfaced from the party of students wearing imitation geisha robes and sumo wrestler suits. In response, some Duke students organized a rally and called the party insensitive and racist.