I gasped when I saw the magazine cover in the supermarket last month, and debated with myself and with Ben whether to post it. The topic comes up in a big way every three years before election, but "specials" spring up to keep us on our toes.
I admire Santy for never shying away from tackling social issues; somehow I feel inhibited to do so because we are transplants/visitors/intruders/Asians, and we have no right to criticize a country that has allowed us to move in and has given us a good life.
At other times, I'm reminded it's a topic some sections of the country feel strongly about, but not all. And I suspect, in this day and age where mobility is not reserved for the privileged few, it happens all over the place. Still, it's not pleasant, and I was most surprised by my own reaction after 12 years in this country.
Factual rebuttals have been voiced, most notably by Keith Ng, but never in a big way. This week's New Zealand Listener mentions one source reporting 82% of the North & South staff found the cover offensive.
Still, this is only one part of life in Nelson.