Chinese Restaurant Passes Out Racist Fliers April 6, 2007Posted 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.