Duke frat party called ‘racist,’ fraternity suspended

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Credit: Facebook (Asian Students Association (Duke University)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Duke University chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity has been suspended by its parent organization following a party that some have called racist.

Wilson Mitchell, the national executive director of Kappa Sigma, told WTVD Wednesday all activities and events have been put on hold while the national organization determines the status of the Eta Prime chapter.

The move came the same day an Asian student group held a protest on the Duke campus over the party.

A group of students at Duke University will hold a protest on Wednesday in response to a fraternity party that allegedly featured offensive Asian stereotypes, Duke’s student newspaper The Chronicle is reporting.

The paper reports several students posted fliers across Duke’s campus protesting the Kappa Sigma party on Feb. 1. The fliers included emails sent to invitees, as well as photographs of students at the party, some of whom wore kimonos and conical hats.

The pictures were posted on Facebook by the Asian Students Association.

The party was originally called “Kappa Sigma Asia Prime” before a report was filed with university officials.

A second email was later sent indicating a new party would take place, but the original included several misspellings to convey Asian-accented English and a meme based on the Kim Jung-il character in the film “Team America: World Police,” the newspaper reports.

The responding fliers posted by senior Ashley Tsai, Tong Xiang and Ting-Ting Zhou called the party a “racist rager” and suggested the fraternity — which was formally recognized last year, nearly 10 years after it disbanded — should lose its charter.

“This is not just about Asians, one party or one frat,” Tsai told the newspaper. “This is a consistent thing happening. We want serious things to be done by the student body and the university so that this never happens again.”

Read more: The Chronicle