Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Orange County Condemns Lawyer's Anti-Asian Comments

SANTA ANA, CA - On August 30th, 2018, Christina Ignatius, a licensed California attorney posted a racist tirade against Asians in Orange County. Her sentiments do not reflect the values of Orange County’s diverse community and our belief that all people, regardless of their ethnic origin, deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.
Orange County has seen massive demographic shifts and is now home to the 3rd largest Asian American population in the country. Asian Americans make up more than 20% of Orange County's population and have recently celebrated a breakthrough in AAPI representation with the Hollywood film Crazy Rich Asians, which depicts the first Hollywood film in 25 years with an all-Asian cast.
In response to the momentum of Crazy Rich Asians, Ignatius articulated many shocking and offensive statements about the Asian community and included references to local schools and institutions frequented by Asians within the county.  
As members of Orange County’s legal, business, academic and non-profit communities, we condemn the kind of racist unapologetic behavior displayed by this individual and her intent to degrade a whole community of diverse peoples. We stand in solidarity to claim that we will not tolerate any display of racism here in our county and that Christina Ignatius does not represent our Orange County community.
  • Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law Song Richardson*, School of Law, University of California, Irvine 
  • Dean Allen Easley*, Western State College of Law
  • Dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law Matt Parlow*, Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Chapman University
  • Dean Bill Maurer*, School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine
  • Department of Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
  • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Chapman University 
  • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Western State College of Law

*Title for identification purposes only; this endorsement is made in a personal capacity and does not represent the views of does not represent the views of any of the affiliated educational institutions.

Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Orange County (Advancing Justice-OC) is Advancing Justice-LA’s Orange County Regional office. Advancing Justice-OC is committed to building a coalition of diverse AANHPI community leaders, organizers, and advocates who can work with the organization to address unmet needs, civically engage AANHPI communities, and advocate for racial and economic justice.
Thursday, September 13, 2018


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