Racist behavior toward Asians arouses concern in L.A. (2)

14:13, July 13, 2011      

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"As a member of the California State Legislature and the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, I urge your office to look into this matter immediately and take appropriate action," Eng's letter said.

Ching-Chong-Ling-Long Gourmet Takeout was founded by Rachel Lee, owner of The Palace Restaurant in Brentwood, and four UCLA students who run the campus delivery service UCLA Munchies.

Lee told the press that she initially hesitated to use the name for the delivery service, but the students convinced her otherwise.

"I said, 'Are you sure this is OK?' My initial reaction was that people might get offended," Lee was quoted by the local media as saying. "But they said it was perfectly fine among UCLA students."

A statement on the delivery service's website explains: "We believe that the best way to combat intolerance is through a positive cultural experience mixed in with a healthy serving of humor, and hope that after you try us, you too will feel that way."

Lee's website uses the following wording to attract Asians: "Welcome to Ching-Chong-Ling-Long Takeout, Westwood's newest, sexiest, drop-dead delicious Asian-food Delivery. We at The Palace Restaurant Seafood &Dim Sum started CCLL Takeout in order to provide UCLA students/staff with quality, affordable Asian foods."

The Periscope Post suggested that Lee didn't do her homework. "You might have thought that Wallace's public shaming and subsequent self-removal from school would have brought a new era of communication about race relations to the UCLA campus," the paper said.

However, the paper said, after all, Wallace's widely-viewed rant wasn't an isolated incident in the California public university system -- about a year before she took to the Internet, several fraternities at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) hosted a "Compton Cookout," a "ghetto-themed" off-campus party to mock Black History Month, a celebration of achievements by African Americans.

Source: Xinhua

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