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A white woman’s “clean” Chinese restaurant shows the flaws of “clean eating”

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  • Calvin Yee
    Calvin YeeEgon Zehnder

    Am not particularly angry as Asian American on this topic but sorely disappointed at the tone deaf nature of how people communicate the best of intentions. If you have a strong idea, then no need to denigrate the competitor or someone else. Just let your product stand on its own.

  • Weiyee IN
    Weiyee INChief Strategy Officer

    Amazing the level of prejudice in the advertising and marketing of this restaurant, truly offensive to Chinese. The large majority of chinese-american food that is known in major metropolitan areas across the United States are not actually very Chinese. Moreover, many of these dishes were not actually even adaptations that the article mentions but inventions by non Chinese entrepreneurs, in the same way that Haagen-Dazs is not actually European.

  • Greg Vetter
    Greg VetterCEO at Tessemae’s

    This is ridiculous! Clean Chinese food is a good idea for the simple fact that Chinese food IS filled with MSG, sugar, starches, etc. My wife has an allergy to MSG (or at least she says she does) and let’s the restaurants know before we order. They go into complete panic mode. Why do we tie everything back to race? Because she is Jewish she can’t make Chinese food?! People should be ashamed.

  • Zachariah  Brown
    Zachariah BrownEngineering Student

    What is the argument here? Yes, clean food suggests there is an unhealthy alternative.... because there is. The owner of the restaurant doesn’t say all Chinese cuisine, or all Chinese-American cuisine is unhealthy, she said that she has left restaurants feeling bloated and gross, which does happen. Its not limited to only Chinese restaurants, but feeling unhealthy after eating unhealthy food happens. And her making a restaurant which is very healthy, and saying its healthier than some alternatives

    What is the argument here? Yes, clean food suggests there is an unhealthy alternative.... because there is. The owner of the restaurant doesn’t say all Chinese cuisine, or all Chinese-American cuisine is unhealthy, she said that she has left restaurants feeling bloated and gross, which does happen. Its not limited to only Chinese restaurants, but feeling unhealthy after eating unhealthy food happens. And her making a restaurant which is very healthy, and saying its healthier than some alternatives is perfectly okay, I honestly do not see the issue here.

  • The problem is in the disparaging tone towards the very culture they are claiming to celebrate.

  • Interesting how nobody seems to be upset by the corporate-run travesties of places like Ruby Foos or PF Chang's where everything from the menu to the decor to the server's outfits are insulting cliche American interpretations of Chinese culture.

    However, the mere fact that this article (and every other article on this story) feels the need to point out in the first paragraph that the proprietor is Jewish American is an indication of what the source of outrage really is about.

  • John Gray
    John GrayFormer Banker Risk Management

    Pr goes wrong. Dump the faux name call healthy fusion whatever . Poor choice of words will probably lead to the disappearance of this place.

  • Rebekah Paul
    Rebekah PaulB2B Marketing

    I don't believe that people have a bad reaction to MSG unless they are also allergic to seafood. It's mainly psychological.

  • Mitchell Ostler
    Mitchell OstlerStudent

    This is such an unnecessary story, and is simply using race-related implications as click bait. I would expect better journalistic integrity from quartz reporters. Here you’ve attacked a woman who wanted to make healthy Chinese food and you are trying to create racial tension where absolutely NONE is needed. So divisive.

  • Hayden Field
    Hayden FieldJournalist at Entrepreneur Magazine

    Absolutely careless.

  • Joah Flood
    Joah FloodRenaissance Man

    This is news?

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