Follow Up of the Day: Lisa Chan, the Asian-American actress who appeared in former Michigan congressman Pete Hoekstra’s widely excoriated “Yellow Peril” campaign ad, has formally apologized for agreeing to play the part of a Chinese stereotype.
“I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities,” Chan wrote in a Facebook post.
As a recent college grad who has spent time working to improve communities and empower those without a voice, this role is not in any way representative of who I am. It was absolutely a mistake on my part and one that, over time, I hope can be forgiven. I feel horrible about my participation and I am determined to resolve my actions.
The 21-year-old UC Berkeley graduate is the founder of a nonprofit organization for at-risk youth. She made headlines last year after she dubbed herself “Miss Napa Valley USA” despite not living in Napa County in order to compete in the 2012 Miss California pageant.
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Hopefully this is the last time she answers a casting call on Craigslist.