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New Jersey Devils’ Lunar New Year jerseys raise Nazi flag comparisons

The New Jersey Devils' Lunar New Year warm-up jerseys hang in the locker room. @NJDevils / Twitter

The New Jersey Devils raised more than a few eyebrows Tuesday after revealing a new set of warm-up jerseys ahead of their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

To commemorate the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, the team wore the bright red jerseys, which featured a stylized “fu” character — a symbol of good fortune — as well as a black Devils logo, crafted in the style of Chinese calligraphy.

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And while there’s no doubt that the jerseys were created with good intention, some people couldn’t help but notice the logo bears a resemblance to that of Nazi Germany.

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The jerseys were designed by local New Jersey artist Caren King Choi, who shared some of her thought process behind the designs and clearly put a lot of effort into making sure they were a full celebration of Chinese culture.

Choi said she drew inspiration for the jersey from her “experience growing up in America as a person of colour.”

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“It took me a long time to feel as though I had permission to be myself and not a version of Asian-American that I saw in books and movies,” she’s quoted as saying on a post on the Devil’s Twitter account.

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Plenty of people also applauded Choi for her design, however, and some asked the team to make them available for purchase.

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And, to be fair, the jerseys look a lot less ominous when they’re not hanging all in a row, resembling the Brandenburg Gate during the Second World War.

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So far, the team has not responded to any of the backlash to the jerseys.

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