Bandai Namco, a Japanese video game publisher most known for its Ace Combat series, is being sued by one of its former employees on the grounds of “anti-American racism.” Tony Le, a Vietnamese-American, decided to sue Bandai Namco after working four years for the company as a senior business analyst and receiving condescending and demeaning treatment around the clock.
Le describes multiple occasions when he received verbal abuse in Japanese, rude gestures and laughter because he was one of the company’s few non-Japanese employees. He was also not invited to company dinners and meetings and denied important work information, according to his lawsuit. When he informed the company’s HR department, Le was told to suck it up, which he apparently did until getting fired.
Japanese are traditionally conservative in all aspects, especially in business, and they tend to look down on what they see as outsiders. Another thing Mr Le doesn’t understand is that “Americans” are not a race. He might have been discriminated against, but pulling a nonexistent race card just makes him look dumb. This is a good example of what happens when you see racism everywhere, just like Anita Sarkeesian said: “everything is sexist and everything is racist.”