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EtcetEraThread A White Restaurateur Advertised ‘Clean’ Chinese Food. Chinese-Americans Had Something to Say About It.
Reason User Banned (1 Week): Dismissing concerns surrounding racism and history of reinforcing stereotypes
I am aware of how the portrayal of MSG and it’s supposed health risks was used to smear the reputation of Chinese food as it first became popular in the US. I don’t think this person deliberately evoked an outmoded xenophobic tactic in opening her own NYC Chinese Restaurant. I don’t really feel offended by her efforts to bring the novelty of branding her Chinese food as health conscious. At the end of the day, if her food really is exquisite, she can make a splash and legitimately earn her place in a very competitive culinary market. My worry is that we have much more legitimate and troubling issues to overcome in social representation, and I question if highlighting a innocuous if not thoughtlessly spoken resteraunteur as an oppressive target is really the best way to rally and organize for a meaningful purpose. To me, the thing that sticks out is that she found an ethnic cuisine she is passionate about and inspired by to put her own spin on.