During the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Florida) invited BP chairman Lamar McKay to resign for the company’s miserable, repeated failures in the Gulf of Mexico. But Vietnamese-American Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-Louisiana) who represents Gretna (near New Orleans), tapped his roots in suggesting Stearns next career move:
Mr. Stearns asked Mr. McKay to resign. Well, in the Asian culture we do things differently. During the Samurai days, we just give you a knife and ask you to commit harakiri.”
(You don’t have to go back to Samurai days to find Asian people choosing suicide as a solution for vast personal failure. In 2007, a Chinese toy executive killed himself after a massive recall of Mattel products made by his company. In 2008, one of the Chinese poison baby milk executives attempted suicide but failed. In 2009 a former South Korean president ended his life before accusations could entirely catch up with him. Then there’s Chung Mong-hun of Hyundai and Yangsan Mayor Oh Geun-sup and Busan mayor Ahn Sang-Young and Governor Park Tae-young.)
I loved Cao’s steely nerve as he addressed BP’s chairman, but one must have a sense of honor and the capacity for shame to understand what Cao was saying. And I feel pretty certain Lamar McKay and Tony “I would like my life back” Hayward know nothing about either.