New Year’s Eve in Russia: State-run show says not to drink with Asians for health reasons
**Russia’s state-run First Channel featured a segment on “Live Healthfully” with a panel that said not to drink with Asians on New Year’s Eve — for their own good.
During a segment uploaded to YouTube Dec. 15, host Yelena Malysheva explained that Russia is “a white race, a Slavic one,” and that there were downsides to drinking with others outside of that biological mold.**
“There is no discrimination here, just an understanding of the physiology that makes every race different. …] When we talk about who not to drink with this New Year’s, we do not mean to cast scorn on anyone. We’re talking about the threat to their own health,” said Ms. Malysheva, Radio Liberty reported Wednesday. She then went on to describe Asians as “people of the Mongoloid race.”
The host and her panel of guests used fake livers filled with an unknown liquid to demonstrate that for “people with narrow eyes and crescent-shaped faces, alcohol is toxic,” Radio Liberty reported. The show explained that a certain percentage of Asians have a genetic disposition that prevents their body from processing alcohol property.
Radio Liberty noted that although one-third of Asians do possess a gene that makes it difficult for their bodies to break down alcohol, doctors do not suggest individuals go out of their way to exclude them from social gatherings.