The folks who started this petition present a truly devastating critique of this old performance piece. Unfortunately, it shows that racism is still with us all over, when a group of presumably mostly progressive people present such a performance, maybe not consciously recognizing the racism.
It is unfortunate that racism towards Asians/Asian-American is still acceptable. Even though there may not any violent intent, there is still intent to maintain this ignorant and backward caricature of Asian. As stated above, any excuses that this is meant to be comedy merely demonstrates an unenlightened lack of insight and empathy. I've always heard the opposite about the community of Austin, but this certainly gives me and all my loved ones pause to ever visit. Disappointed in those who allowed this.