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7.20.2020

Sometimes You Have to Jump the Counter and Fight a Racist

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.


Fight caught on camera after restaurant customer tells worker 'get back to China'
In Carmichael, California, a customer at a BurgerIM restaurant location was caught on camera starting a fight, yelling racial slurs and throwing a drink at the employee working behind the counter. But the employee, Stephen Tran, wasn't taking that shit. He leapt over the counter and started throwing punches at the guy. Video of the incident was recorded on the store's camera, but there's no audio. According to Tran, the man refused to stand outside to wait for his food, then said, "Fuck you and your chinky policy," told him to go "back to China" and other racial slurs, before throwing his cup. I'm not condoning violence... but sometimes you have to jump over a counter to make a damn point.

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"We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus..."
This fucking guy finally suggests that wearing a mask might be a good idea (under the ridiculous pretense of "patriotism")... while in the same breath still being unsurprisingly racist, referring to the "Invisible China Virus."

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Trader Joe's Working To Remove Product Branding Criticized As Racist
Grocery chain Trader Joe's announced Monday that it will eliminate "ethnic" product names following criticism that the branding perpetuates harmful stereotypes. An online petition is calling for the removal of racist packaging, including "Trader Ming's" for Chinese food, "Arabian Joe" for Middle Eastern foods, "Trader José" for Mexican foods, "Trader Giotto's" for Italian food and "Trader Joe San" for Japanese cuisine.

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Filipino Nurses: New York's Frontliners
"An estimated 150,000 Filipino nurses work in the U.S., earning up to 30 times more than they could back home. But at what cost? Many nurses work long hours, some juggling multiple jobs to support their families. Others are exploited, intimidated and forced into indentured labour. Now Filipino nurses are on the front lines of New York's COVID-19 crisis, some losing their lives as they battle to keep Americans alive. Meanwhile, the Philippines is facing a dire shortage of medical workers at this critical time. 101 East investigates the price of chasing the American Dream."

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Indian Matchmaking hints at happily ever after. Did the couples last?
SPOILERS! Netflix's Indian Matchmaking follows Sima Taparia, who offers her traditional matchmaking services in today’s world of hyphenated identities, niche dating apps and career-driven women. Many of the storylines in the series wrap up with a hint at happily ever after. But did these couples last? The Los Angeles Times checked in with each of the arranged matches via email to see if the couples remained together.