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Chinese Restaurant Passes Out Racist Fliers April 6, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in Chinese immigrants, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Discrimination, eggrolls etc., Joke Racist Fliers, Marie Hanna, Pan-Asian Community Alliance, Racism, Racist, Racist Chinese Restaurant, stereotype.

Tucson AZ, A local Chinese restaurant is getting complaints about bad taste – not from its food, but from its advertising. The restaurant’s owner says it’s meant as a joke, but some members of Tucson’s Asian-American community are not laughing.

Eggrolls Etc. is a Chinese food delivery and take-out restaurant. It distributed advertisement fliers on the East side that read, “Every order is delivered via rickshaw by first generation Chinese immigrants… We really should charge more for delivery, old Chinamen are getting expensive these days.”

“I was actually shocked when I read the advertising,” said Marie Hanna, Board President of the Pan-Asian Community Alliance. “This is a stereotype that really cannot be tolerated.”

The Pan-Asian Community Alliance plans to send a complaint letter to the restaurant owner. Similar letters have already been sent by the Tucson Chinese Association as well as the Chinese American Citizens’ Alliance. The letters say, in part, “… humor is never an excuse to deride any person or culture… we would like to see the offensive advertising immediately stopped… the ads are very offensive, insulting, and hurtful…”

The owner of the restaurant, Mike Reynolds, says the ad is not intended to be offensive.”This isn’t meant to degrade by any means the Chinese community or any kind of Asian heritage,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds and his workers say their business is all about harmless humor. “People joke,” said Sam Eng, the restaurant’s head chef. “This is just a simple joke, I don’t feel offended, and I’m Chinese.”

“I think (the ads) are funny,” said Jessica Baum, a delivery driver for the restaurant.”I think they lighten up the fact that it’s Americanized Chinese food.”

Reynolds says the ad will stay put. “I don’t see why I would be required to stop doing what I spend my money on, because a minority of people are upset,” he said.

But the Pan-Asian Community Alliance’s Marie Hanna argues, “This is a community that’s very diverse, and you really need to be more in tune with what the community is all about, more sensitive to the communities.”

(In the interest of full disclosure, KOLD News 13 acknowledges that reporter Teresa Jun happens to be a board member of the Tucson Chinese Association. However, she had no part in writing the letters addressed to the restaurant, and in fact, had no knowledge of the letters until after the fact.)

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source:  kold.com

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