MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont newspaper is being criticized for a poster designed to boost the local high school basketball team before it played in the state championship.
On Thursday the Caledonian Record of St. Johnsbury ran a full-page poster on the back of its main section that included the term "Fry Rice" using a typeface that mimicked Chinese calligraphy.
On Thursday the St. Johnsbury Academy basketball team played Rice Memorial High School of South Burlington in the championship game. Rice won 48-40.
In a letter to the Caledonian Record publisher, the Asian American Journalists Association said it was appalled by the page's racist undertones. The letter asked the paper to acknowledge its lapse in judgment.
Caledonian Publisher Todd Smith said Friday he is planning to write an editorial on the topic Saturday.
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