In the rich tradition of Asian accents gone mistakenly wrong, the NY Post reports about an idiot Minnesota news reporter, in his pursuit of journalistic integrity, set off a chain of events that caused a New York Chinatown meat market to get raided by food inspectors because he had thought they were selling dog meat. OK, let’s backtrack a bit….
Intrepid reporter James Schugel was investigating one of Minessota’s largest dog breeding organizations that was accused of illegally breeding puppies and selling them on the black market. One place where puppies were bringing shipped over was the Canine Culture Center, with a NY address. Schugel went to the Big Apple and to his surprise, the Dak Cheong Meat Market was at the same address! He interviewed an employee there and asked him if he knew of the Canine Culture Center. The worker replied, “they only sell dogs to eat.” Read more...
So here’s an interesting story in today’s LA Times about a US Marine, Robert Lucius, who has founded a non-profit to teach Vietnamese that animal cruelty is bad, especially in the killing of dogs for cuisine. A formal naval attache for the embassy in Hanoi, he had a revelation in 2006.
He was being driven to a rural clinic, when his car passed a motorbike with a wicker basket full of dogs in the back. In Lucius’ mind, he so wanted to stop that bike, drive it off the road, whip out his wallet and pay for the dogs freedom, anything. Alas, he didn’t do anything because he did not want to be a “cultural imperialist.” Read more...
Being Asian in America means you have to occasionally (or depending on where you live, not so occasionally) deal with some pretty racist shit. But there are also things Asian Americans can do with more ease and success than our white counterparts. Here are five of them:
AVOID BEING THE VICTIM OF CYBERSTALKING
I’m sure this has happened to many of our readers: you’re at a party and some creepy and/or crazy guy or girl bugs you all night and won’t take no for an answer. Even though you don’t give out your phone number, email address, Facebook info, etc…, you just know Mr. or Ms. Creepers is going to go home, google you and try to track you down. Well, if you’re white, you’re shit out of luck because your name is probably so distinctive that all it takes is a basic search and bingo—you’re found! But as for most Asians…well, do you know how many John Lees there are? John Chungs? John Kims? John Wongs?
Creepers can spend hours, days, even weeks scouring the internet and still not find the right you or Yoo or Yu. Of course, there are exceptions because some Asian cultures, like the Thai, do have more distinct last names, but even then there are advantages: do you really think Creepers is going to remember your name is John Chakrabongsesongkhlasanti, let alone know how to properly spell it to conduct a google search?
Back in December, journalist Kuroda Katsuhiro, the Seoul bureau chief of the Japanese right-wing newspaper Sankei Shimbun, upset Koreans when he made derogatory statements about bibimbap, the Korean food staple which consists of rice mixed with vegetables and meat (read story here).
In an article he wrote entitled “BiBimBap Terror?”, Kuroda called the dish “Yang Du Gu Yuk” which is a major insult. That phrase literally means “to hang a lamb’s head outside the shop to lure customers, but actually sells a dog meat.” He went on to add that bibimbap is an “unknown dish which loses all the different beautiful colors and looks gnawed when you are mixing the rice with vegetables” and derided Korea’s efforts to promote the dish internationally and particularly to Americans as unwise. Read more...