Hey guys. Recently a California State Senator proposed a legislation called SCA 5 that allows for the state to deny anyone the right to education based on their race, color, gender, ethnicity, etc. In other words, if this bill is passed, colleges can set quotas on certain ethnicities that dominate the playing field in the application process.**
** aka Asians. Asians make up a little less than 14% of California’s population yet up to 40% of the student body demographic at certain UC campuses like Cal. SCA5 essentially wants to cut this number down to be closer to the California makeup of Asians (14%)….so they want to reduce the number of Asians admitted/enrolled by OVER HALF the current number.
This is wrong. I care about equal opportunity and helping out those disadvantaged whenever possible. But I grew up poor as shit, and so do MANY MANY Asian-Americans who work hard and sacrifice everything to have a shot of going to college at a California public university. If this passes, so many of us will get shut out for no other reason than an arbitrary quota. No. That is not the way.
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The interwebs is abuzz over an article that appeared on Philly.com and in today’s Daily News about how Chink’s Steaks on Torresdale Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia changed its name to Joe’s Steak + Soda Shop in April. Owner of Joe’s/Chink’s Joe Groh changed the name of the longstanding cheesesteak shop believing that old name was insulting to members of the Asian-American community in Philadelphia. The shop, which has been in the same location on Torresdale Avenue since 1949 got its original name from founder Sam Sherman, who earned the nickname of “Chink” due to his “almond-shaped eyes.”
When Groh changed the name from Chink’s to Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop, it was certainly amid heavy controversy. Some viewed it as a long overdue change that had to be made. Others believed this was simply political correctness run amok, and vowed they would never go to the place ever again. Chink’s/Joe’s is my favorite cheesesteak in all of Philadelphia, so I personally believed that as long as they kept serving delicious cheesesteaks on fresh store-baked rolls and offering amazing egg creams and milkshakes, I couldn’t care less what they call it. Well, since the name change, Chink’s/Joe’s Steaks + Soda has seen its business decline 15%.
There are plenty of people who are pointing to this as a sign of Philadelphia’s rampant racism—that they would willingly go to a place called Chink’s, then refuse to go to a place with a much more socially appropriate name. While Philadelphia is a city where neighborhoods experience de facto (in reality, but not by organized law) segregation, there is certainly racism that exists. It would be naive and straight up wrong to claim otherwise.However, I don’t necessarily think that the drop in Chink’s/Joe’s Steaks + Soda’s business since the name change has to do with racism.
First and foremost, the name Chink’s is offensive. Whether it’s a product of a different time in America where racial/ethnic slurs were more socially accepted or not, I understand why people were upset about it, and why owner Joe Groh felt it was time to change the name. However, for people who don’t even live in Philadelphia to claim that people won’t eat at Joe’s Steaks + Soda because it doesn’t have a racist name isn’t because those people dislike men and women of Asian descent. THAT would be racist. The fact of the matter is that Philadelphians are stubborn people who dislike change of any shape or form. They like what they grew up with and what they know. When someone fucks with that when they don’t have to, Philadelphians will hold a grudge and hold it for a very longtime.
Joe’s Steaks + Soda isn’t in a neighborhood that is frequented by tourists. You’re not going there unless you’re from Philly or the surrounding area. You’re also not going there frequently unless you live in the neighborhood, because it’s far from Center City. It’s not like it has a high “well I’m drunk or high so lets go here” business like Jim’s, Pat’s or Geno’s. It’s a place that has survived since 1949 due to word of mouth, both from friend to friend, and from generation to generation. If your grandfather went to Chink’s, your mother went to Chink’s (and took you there as a kid), and then you (and your kids) suddenly have to go to Joe’s Steak + Soda, you’re messing with family history. You’re messing with tradition. It’s like all those memories of the old cheesesteak shop just went up in smoke. Look at all the examples of Philadelphians resisting things being built in their neighborhoods, or certain things moving into their neighborhoods not because it wouldn’t be good for the neighborhood and its residents, but because it’s not what was there before. The people in Germantown are upset over what the School District of Philadelphia wants to do with Germantown High School —not because the proposal wouldn’t be good for Germantown, but because they just saw their school one year away from its centennial get shut down. This is like the name change from Chink’s to Joe’s Steak + Soda. It’s still the same great product, but it’s got a different name.
Chill with all the bullshit about how this is more evidence that Philadelphia is a racist and hateful city. There are plenty of things to point to in Philadelphia about how the city has racial tension and turmoil, but I don’t believe this is one of those cases. Rather, this is Philadelphians and their legendary loyalty and reluctance to accept change taking control. If John’s Roast Pork, my favorite sandwich shop in South Philly and a place that my grandfather and mother both went to when they were younger decided to change its name, I would seriously consider not going there any more for that very reason, but still would because I love the Bucci family, and the food they serve. I think Joe Groh should be commended for doing something as risky as changing the name on a neighborhood institution like Chink’s. I hope people will eventually come around and see that their food is still awesome, and the people that work there are still just as wonderful as they were prior to its name change. I know my cheesesteaks, and I promise you that Joe’s Steaks + Soda are the best in the whole damn city.
Yeah no, fuck all this. I don’t give a flying fuck about your traditions if it revolves around a place operating under a fucking SLUR. “I’m not racist; I’m just loyal” lmao like are you fucking kidding. When you’re celebrating hate and trying to perpetuate it YOU. ARE. RACIST. You shouldn’t spend more time trying to defend these people’s racism than actually addressing the concerns of the Asian-American community and proposing that the ~loyal~ neighborhood grow the hell up and ACCEPT CHANGE when it’s necessary.
I get it, man, you love Philly (clearly). But own up. This is racist as all hell and so are ALL the people mourning the name change and not going there anymore as a result of it. It’s a tradition, yeah. A racist one.
Upward mobility varies significantly depending on where you live.
Literally no place in the world like the Bay, and list after list just keeps validating it.
My parents came to San Jose in 1994 from Vietnam with about $200 and two young children (me 4, my sister 9). No English whatsoever which still remains a reality today. Working as a cashier at a pho restaurant and as a newspaper deliverer, along with babysitting jobs whenever they could hack it, they were able to, with the incredible state and county assistance and public infrastructure that really only exists in the Bay and the great state of California and of course extreme frugality, put two kids through doctorate programs and pull off a lifestyle turnaround in less than a generation. Through their diligence and the progressive and liberal thought and action that is our incredible hometown, we now have a house, four cars and overall really an existence that they could only have ever dreamed about while laying emaciated in Viet Cong prison (my dad) or adrift in the sea on her fifth yet still futile attempt to escape by boat (my mom). I never felt like I was lacking anything while growing up, either. True, we didn’t take family vacations and I had to wait til I graduated high school to go to Disneyland for the first time. I didn’t always get what I wanted, but I always had what I NEEDED. And I didn’t need very much because all around me there were invaluable things already there by the grace of my location: perfect weather, impeccable public schools and next to no crime.
Fortunate was a factor, certainly—economic prosperity of the 90s especially in Silicon Valley and the overall blessing of BEING there, the considerably fuller pockets of the state back then and the greater abundance of CalGrants and other scholarships my sister and I received—but still every day I remain so in awe of the possibility of the American Dream that I do get upset when people insist it’s not real. I’m living it. And so are many Vietnamese and overall refugees/immigrants for whom the circumstances have also lined up.
Speaking outside of the paradise that is the Bay, it is worth noting that almost all places on this list are very very liberal. And it’s never a coincidence.
Get your fucking vaccinations. Seriously, no issue in the news today makes me angrier than report after report of PREVENTABLE deaths due to the idiotic and tragic rise in vaccination fears. How many more people need to die before uneducated conspiracy theorists will get it? Has the developed world sunken so far into its own privilege that it needs polio and smallpox to come back in order to understand?
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