CHINATOWN, Manhattan — Asian American groups met Sunday to promote a better dialogue with media in response to the controversial "The O'Reilly Factor" segment on New York City's Chinatown that aired on Fox News.
Nancy Yao Maasbach, president of Museum of Chinese in America, said the discussion becomes a catalyst.
"That is going to change the way we think in this country," Maasbach said.
If you didn't see the satirical report that aired on "The O'Reilly Factor" last week, you probably saw it on social media where it went viral.
The segment, "Watters World," showed Jesse Watters talking to residents in Chinatown and asking them their opinion on Donald Trump and the 2016 election. However, the 5-minute piece was piled on with stereotypes and remarks that many found offensive and racist.
Many people in the Asian American community were offended by how the Watters treated some of Chinese Americans he interviewed and the stereotypes he played off of for laughs.
"I think to often we try to bucket a group of people. Maybe because we are lazy in terms of understanding what is the journey of these people and what makes our country great." Maasbach said.
Many community members and leaders came to the town hall discussion. The media was also invited, but clearly missing from the panel was Fox News.
Billy O'Reilly did defend the segment on Fox News Sunday.
"I would have edited a little differently then it was edited, but no, it wasn't over the line," O'Reilly said.
The Museum of Chinese in America and the Asian American Journalist Association are not afflicted with any political party or political organization.