More micro-aggressional madness, this time from the op-ed essay Why Is Asian Salad Still on the Menu? by Bonnie Tsui, the author of American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods:
...So what’s my problem with Asian salad? It’s not the salad itself, though it’s not my favorite. It’s the words — which, I think, matter. In many ways, the broad, generic terminology used to refer to an entire continent is the heart of it. Applebee’s menu features an “Oriental chicken salad” with the following description: “fresh Asian greens tossed in a tasty Oriental vinaigrette.” The “Asian greens” and “Oriental vinaigrette” are so laughably vague as to have no meaning at all. When I asked Applebee’s for more specifics on what made its Asian greens Asian and its Oriental vinaigrette Oriental, a spokesman told me the company was unable to “provide a thorough response.” No kidding.Read the entire article HERE.
Am I taking this too seriously? The casual racism of the Asian salad stems from the idea of the exotic — who is and isn’t American is caught up wholesale in its creation. This use of “Oriental” and “Asian” is rooted in the wide-ranging, “all look same” stereotypes of Asian culture that most people don’t really perceive as being racist. It creates a kind of blind spot....
One commenter to the article opined:
Really??? I recommend getting a humor salad with some lighten up dressing.Sadly, America has become a land of whiners. If there is nothing substantial about which to whine, an offense is created out of whole cloth. It is fashionable to complain — particularly if the complaint issued is "Racism!"
Twenty-first Century mankind — yes, including those of us who blog and frequent blogs — would do well to remember these words:
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