So here’s the e-mail exchange I had with Mike Foster. One of the authors of the Deadly Viper book:
I sent the initial e-mail:
What is the point of making an allusion to “Kung Fu” and having a dragon on the cover. You need to respect the culture. Not mock the culture.
dont you think its a little ironic that an associate professor of evangelism is practicing the philosophy of “judge a book by its cover”
do this…read the book first….then feel free to make any judgments or voice any concerns on its content….
The cover is what is offensive. Why would you put gibberish Chinese characters? Is that any kind of respect for the language and for the culture? I am not judging the material. I am judging the presentation. There should be accountability for both the content and how you are presenting the content. You are mocking Asian culture with your superficial use of our cultural symbols. Some of your video clips are way out there as well. What’s with the Japanese gardens? How does that relate directly to what you are trying to present? What’s with the monks and the “grasshopper” language. Is that trying to honor an ancient culture or just using the culture for your own profit and gain?
Do the ends justify the means?
Here’s Mike’s response:
i realize you have an agenda.
i realize you see what you want to see.
im saddened that you are offended and angered by us shooting a video in a japanese garden.
not much i can do here except say good luck in life and what ever you may be trying to accomplish.
btw the kanji on the cover say ninja. warrior. assassin.
peace . . . m.
Not so nice. Now he’s posted this on their blogsite in response to my posting:
soong chan rah…though i have done my best to respond to your concerns through email, send me your examples of how Deadly Viper is being disrespectful, offensive, and placing Asians on the margins because we use the themes, messages, and imagery of the Asian culture to make a case for living with integrity and character…also i would like for you to suggest the direct solutions to your concerns…i will post it on the Deadly Viper blog and you can have the desired discussion..peace…mike.
Too late to respond. But I’ll have a longer blog post detailing the problems. Calling for help. If folks want to add contributions, I’ll add to this blog and to the post I’ll put on their blog.