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Sorry we called you “Chink.” Sincerely, City of Pasadena.


Angry Asian Man/AsAm Asia: 

The city of Pasadena, California is issuing a formal apology to one of its residents after he received documentation for a parking ticket that changed his last name to a racial slur: chink.

Pasadena resident Sean Ching, who grew up in the area, received paperwork regarding a parking ticket that he was trying to fight in December 2013. The letter upheld the citation, but what upset Mr. Ching even more was that his name on the documentation had been changed to SEAN CHINKS.”

 

Ching contacted the city about the slur, and after waiting weeks and dealing with multiple representatives from the Department of Transportation, he was given the excuse that it was “just a mistake” and was promised an apology — an apology that never arrived in any form.

So Sean took to social media, where it picked up steam thanks to sites like AsAm News. And wouldn’t you know it? Over a year after the offending incident, the Pasadena Department of Transportation now says that it has sent an official letter to Ching apologizing for the “misspelling.” (They blame it on bad handwriting.)

The letter reads, in part:

At this time I would like to offer a formal apology for our mistake. It was never our intention to disparage you or cause you any harm or distress. On behalf of the Parking Division staff and myself, please accept my sincerest apologies for this unfortunate incident.

Whatever the excuse, it really should not have taken thirteen months, multiple conversations going nowhere with city officials, and some good old fashioned social media shaming for someone at the city to simply acknowledge that they sent Mr. Ching a letter containing a racial slur. Ridiculous.

California restaurant to serve Ramen and Black Cod Burrito

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FoodBeast:

 

SlapFish, the former food truck turned restaurant, is an Orange County-based seafood establishment in Southern California. The fast-casual restaurant is known for their sea-fresh menu, following the motto, “From Boat to Plate.” SlapFish is taking a page from the recent craze of stuffing ramen into your food with their new Black Cod Ramen Burrito. Ramen got cool again, right?

An Instagram peek gives us a look at the upcoming burrito, which features crispy black cod, lettuce, hot sauce, scallions and, of course, ramen noodles. They’re essentially swapping out rice as a starch and replacing it with ramen noodles. We’re sure this baby is also stacked with other goodies that aren’t noticeable in the video.

Now we’ve seen Ramen Burritos before, but damn if this doesn’t look glorious. We’ll keep you posted when this baby officially comes out.

 

Bay Area middle school to be renamed for Japanese American civil rights hero Fred Korematsu

Portola Middle School in El Cerrito has been renamed after Fred T. Korematsu, the Japanese American civil rights icon.Fred T. Korematsu (left), the Japanese American civil rights icon.

 

Portola Middle School in El Cerrito has been renamed after Fred T. Korematsu, the Japanese American who famously defied an order to be placed in internment camps during World War II.

At its Wednesday meeting, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously to rename the school. Board President Charles Ramsey, who suggested the name change, said honoring Korematsu is “a reminder that injustice should never be accepted.”

I am proud that a school in El Cerrito can be a part of the civil rights legacy Mr. Korematsu championed through his willingness to challenge injustice,” Ramsey said in a statement. “This is not simply about a name; this is about honoring people who have risked their lives battling injustice and ensuring that our children come to know about their sacrifices.”

There was some opposition to the name change, as Portola honored Gaspar de Portola, the first Spanish explorer to the Bay Area. A committee was formed to evaluate name changes and hosted four public hearings. The district said it received hundreds of written and verbal comments from community members before recommending the name change to the Board of Education.

When Japanese-American citizens were forced into internment camps without cause during World War II, Korematsu was arrested and convicted for defying the internment order. In 1983, however, his case was overturned in U.S. District Court and President Bill Clinton later awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He remained a civil rights activist thereafter.

The school bearing his name is currently housed in portable buildings as its new campus is being built on Donal Avenue, four blocks away from its original location on Navellier Street between Moeser Lane and Portola Drive. The school is scheduled to open in its new location in January 2016, according to the district.

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The history of Cambodian-owned donut shops

 

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Audrey:

You’re probably already aware that a large amount of independently-run donut shops in California are Cambodian-owned. What you may not know is that the donut shop industry is an integral part of the Cambodian immigration story.

In honor of National Donut day, we decided to look into the history of hardworking, Cambodian donut shop owners:

 

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1) You won’t find a donut in Cambodia.

Well, you can probably find a few donuts, but if you thought you’d find streets lined with donut shops in Cambodia, you’re in for a let-down. While donuts are a large part of the Cambodian American culture, many can tell you that this is purely an American tradition. Allegedly, there is only one donut shop in all of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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2) It all began with a man named Ted Ngoy.

Before donut shops were associated with the Cambodian American culture, there was Ted Ngoy paving the way. He arrived in the U.S. in 1975 and two years later, he begun his own donut shop. Clearly, his legacy continued.

 

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3) “The American Dream” 

Ngoy is the one who found a way for Cambodian immigrants to become part of the American dream of owning their own business,” said Dennis Wong of the Asian Business Association. “Taking a loan from an Asian loaning society, Ngoy was able to buy two stores, operate them for awhile and then sell to someone in the community or a family member who wanted to buy them. That’s how they got into it.

Italian immigrants are often working with restaurants, Indians with newsstands and hotels. With Cambodians, it happens to be donuts,” he said.

 

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4) Running a donut shop is hard work. 

You’ll often hear about these donut shops having only a few workers in order to save money. In fact, many of the workers are family members who must find time within their day to help the family business. As a result, many owners will work long and tiring hours to make sure their shop is functional. Additionally, many donut shop owners have voiced that the long hours have made it difficult to assimilate into a new society.

 

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5) They have thrived. 

An estimated 80% of donut shops in the Los Angeles area are owned by Cambodian Americans. In Houston, Texas, the percentage is an even larger 90%.

 

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The history of Cambodian-owned donut shops

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Sriracha Wars finally end… people of Irwindale told to suck it up

 

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FoodBeast:

 

The past 9 months have been a nightmare for the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory. Last year, the city of Irwindale, California hit them with a lawsuit, claiming the chili odor emanating from the plant caused residents to suffer from burning eyes and irritated throats. A month later, the Sriracha factory was ordered to partially shut down, followed by a state order to stop shipping for 30 days.

In response to the City Council declaring the pungent smell a public nuisance, Huy Fong Foods erected a “No Tear Gas Made Here” banner in retaliation. It seemed like there was no end in sight to the hot sauce debacle.

Now, fans of the iconic Sriracha brand will be pleased to know that the lawsuit filed against the company has been dismissed and the public nuisance declaration dropped, reports The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. In a compromise, Huy Fong CEO David Tran announced that the building’s ventilation system was modified in order to address the odor complaints.

 

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Sriracha Wars finally end… people of Irwindale told to suck it up