I previously posted regarding Pete Hoekstra’s commercial about jobs being shipped to China, and the cries of racism because an Asian woman played the role of an Asian woman in China in the commercial.

The woman’s identity was outed by a blog called Angry Asian Man, which noted what was about to befall her:

The details about her identity are out there, slowly trickling in. And I imagine Ms. Chan is about to receive a lot of unwanted attention. I actually agonized over whether or not to post this information. I’m not trying to demonize her — people have already done plenty of that, and I think that takes our attention away from the real culprit, Pete Hoekstra and his blatantly racist fear-mongering. And I hope you, good readers, will keep cool heads about this….

I’ve reached out to Lisa through a mutual friend. From what I understand, she feels terrible (and fearful of the fallout) over her participation in this ad.

It’s not hard to imagine what must have been thrown her way.

Now she has issued a public apology via her Facebook page (which appears to have nothing on it as of this writing)(h/t Memeorandum):

“I am deeply sorry for any pain that the character I portrayed brought to my communities. 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.”

Lisa Chan

CEO/ President, The Strive
Vice President, Sparxo Inc.