22 Dec '11, 3am

8 US soldiers charged over death of bullied Asian comrade

NEW YORK (AP) - Even before the Army sent him to Afghanistan, supporters say, Private Daniel Chen was fighting a personal war. Fellow soldiers at a base in the southern state of Georgia teased him about his Chinese name, crying out 'Chen!' in an exaggerated Asian accent. They called him 'Jackie Chen,' a reference to the Hollywood action star Jackie Chan. People would ask him repeatedly if he was Chinese, even though he was a native New Yorker. At one point Chen wrote in his diary that he was running out of jokes to respond with. Then he was sent overseas, and the hazing began: Soldiers dragged him across a floor, pelted him with stones and forced him to hold liquid in his mouth while hanging upside down, according to diary entries and other accounts cited by a community activist. On Oct 3, the 19-year-old Chen was found dead in a guardhouse in Afghanistan with what the Arm...

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