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.
Restaurant Charging Extra For Not Being Chinese? February 27, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in Canal Seafood Restaurant, Card, Chinese, Chinese Restaurant, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, David Lopez, Discriminate, Discrimination, Human Rights Commission, John Liu, Leon Luk, New York City, order-in-English, Philly cheesesteak, Racism, Racism Chinese Restaurant, Racist, Racist Chinese Restaurant, Wisconsin.
Interestingly, the media brought allegations of of racism and possible discrimination when a Philly cheesesteak store put up a ‘order-in-English’ sign. However, when a New York City Chinese restaurant actually did engage in discrimination by charging non-Chinese people more for meals, the media is all but silent. The featured story follows below:The price you pay for your beef with string beans depends entirely on whether or not you are Chinese – at least according to the menus at one restaurant in Chinatown, city officials say.
The city Human Rights Commission has filed a discrimination complaint against the Canal Seafood Restaurant for allegedly giving a different menu with lower prices to customers who are Chinese.
David Lopez, a visitor from Wisconsin, contacted the commission after eating at the restaurant with several friends last October.
He and his girlfriend knew something was wrong when a waiter told them that a serving of rice would cost them extra. They had noticed Asian customers munching on similar dishes served over a bed of rice.
“Being Hispanic, we both like rice,” said 46-year-old Lopez. “We saw other customers getting a different menu. We were told we could order from it if we spoke Chinese.”
The prices on that menu, written in Chinese, were an average of $1 cheaper per dish.
“It was very distressful to go to a place in one of the most diverse cities in the world and be discriminated against,” Lopez said.
Representatives for the restaurant have denied the existence of two different in-store menus.