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An Australian deputy mayor has declared Whore of the Orient as an “attempt to disgrace Chinese culture, history, and traditions.” Jieh-Yung Lo, the deputy mayor of the city of Monash, has come out publicly against the title of the game and the implications he feels it has.

If the titles wasn’t enough to light a fire under Mr. Lo, then the financial involvement of the Australian government sure was. Team Bondi has accepted $200,000 from the Australian government for game development. Lo has stated that he intends to file an official complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission because he says that the games title equates to racial vilification.

Lo says that it isn’t the word “whore” that he finds offensive in the title, it’s the word “Orient.” He went on to explain further that, “The O-word is very similar to the N-word for African-American communities. It’s a 19th-century racial-colonial conception, and it’s especially painful for older people in the communities. That was a very bad time in China, and people don’t want or need to have that dragged up.”

He was further inflamed by the backing from the Australian government, going on to say that “Australian institutions should be encouraged to fund projects and initiatives that cultivate mutual understanding and prosperity in the Australia-China relationship. We need to build greater trust and cultural understanding, rather than promote division and negativity.”

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