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Vt. newspaper criticized for 'fry Rice' by Asian American group

8:50 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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MONTPELIER, Vt. -- A Vermont newspaper is being criticized by the Asian American Journalists Association for publishing a poster using a print type associated with Chinese calligraphy for the words "fry Rice" to urge a school to defeat its opponent -- Rice Memorial High School -- in a state championship basketball game.

The association said in a letter to the publisher of the Caledonian Record in St. Johnsbury that the slogan by itself might be considered clever, but was offensive when written in that particular typeface.

The letter suggested the newspaper publicly acknowledge the group's concern. Caledonian Record Publisher Todd Smith said he would address the issue in an editorial Saturday.

St. Johnsbury Academy's high school basketball team played Rice Memorial, of South Burlington, on Thursday. Rice Memorial won 48-40 in overtime.

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