Fraternity suspended for Asia-themed party

Feb. 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

DURHAM, N.C., Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A national fraternity has suspended its chapter at Duke University in North Carolina for throwing an "Asia Prime" party.

While Kappa Sigma responded to complaints before the party by changing the name to "International Relations," an Asian student group says many of those who showed up last Friday showed up in sumo wrestler costumes or with hairdos featuring chopsticks, The Raleigh News and Observer reported. Photos suggest most of the party-goers were of European descent.

The Duke Asian Students Association held a demonstration Wednesday.

Ting-Ting Zhou said the fraternity members "can pretend to be Asian for this one night, for this one party."

"But I have to be Asian my whole life. It trivializes me! It makes me feel like less than a human being," she said.

Mic Wilson, executive director of Kappa Sigma's national organization, said the chapter has been suspended while the incident is investigated. He said the investigation will take about two weeks.

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