INDUSTRY - Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" is zeroing in on the controversy surrounding Hacienda La Puente Unified School District's new Confucius Classroom.
The satirical news program's crew filmed the school district's board meeting Thursday night. They also videotaped several community members who vehemently oppose the Chinese language and culture classroom, which will be funded by the Chinese government.
Mary Anne King, a Hacienda Heights resident opposed to the Confucius Classroom, said she has never seen an episode of "The Daily Show," but was concerned how it would portray the issue.
"We have to make sure that they don't make fun of our situation here and turn it into something that is not serious," King said.
Oren Brimer, field producer for "The Daily Show," said he doesn't know when the segment will broadcast.
The topic has created a furor among some community members who argue the program has a darker agenda - to spread Communistic ideals to students.
In January, four school board members voted to approve the agreement between the district and the Chinese Language Council International, or Hanban Organization. The agreement will provide $30,000 a year for an instructor and materials for Cedarlane Middle School beginning in the 2010-11 school year.
The agreement states the goal of the program is to "strengthen educational cooperation between China and the Unified States."