Published in the November 8 – 21, 2017 issue of Morgan Hill Life
We at Life Media Group strive to provide quality content to our community in Gilroy Life and Morgan Hill Life newspapers that reflects a positive view of diversity in our South Valley community. In two recent issues, we have published content that does not hold up to our standards. The first incident was in a crossword puzzle. A member of our community informed us that one of the clues was racially insulting toward people of Japanese heritage. Our editor, Robert Airoldi, called the Asian American Journalists Association to ask what would be a more appropriate abbreviation and they suggested “Jpn.” as the correct usage. We informed our crossword puzzle supplier who said they would not make the change. We decided to no longer use that company’s puzzles. In this issue, we will start a contract with another puzzle provider.
In the Oct. 18 issue of Gilroy Life and the Oct. 25 issue of Morgan Hill Life, we ran a Halloween-themed coloring contest. The picture was supplied by an outside company and depicted, among other characters, an elderly Asian male resembling Confucius. We received communication letting us know that the depiction offended some of our readers. It was not our intention to portray a stereotype and we apologize for this image.
We at Life Media Group are committed to diversity and inclusion in our community. We will continue to strive to provide quality-of-life content that reflects these standards.