Monday, March 30, 2009

This is a real-life, word-for-word assessment someone made of a Japanese restaurant, not only ascertaining whether it was racially authentic enough for him to patronize again but freely sharing it with complete strangers in the apparent belief that he had absolutely nothing to be ashamed about:

- menu is too anglicised... "chicken don", "yellow tail roll" among other things
- the Japanese waiter had a lengthy casual conversation with one of the sushi chefs in English...hmm
- the 2 sushi chefs have hardly any Japanese mannerism, and they don't look like Japanese. My Japanese is not good enough to tell if the 2 Japanese phrases uttered by the other sushi chefs are accent-free
- they are extra friendly and patronising with the guests like you're in a Chinese restaurant
- no native Japanese customers I ran into
- their "beef don", the way they do it, is not something you can find anywhere in Japan
- And finally, they serve butter fish/so-called "white tuna"/oil fish/escolar as sushi or sashimi

I loathe this city and its racist, xenophobic sushi fanatics.

posted at 2:53:51 pm

July 21, 2009   11:39 AM PDT
1. Disagreeing with someone's opinion because it's racist is not the exclusive purview of liberalism. I should hope that no popular political affiliation has *racism* as any of its basic tenets.

2. In relation, simply disagreeing with someone's opinion has no bearing on one's political leanings or one's quality of open-mindedness.

Someone who agrees with everyone isn't open-minded, but at worst, mentally incapable of independent thought, and at best, eager to please.

3. Having an opinion does not make one invulnerable to disagreement or judgement from others. According to you, for example, my opinion, for the sole virtue of my having it (as he does his), lends it utter invincibility against criticism ... yet you dare to judge me.

4. What's most curious is that you say it's not very liberal or open to judge what I consider racist and xenophobic ... if not that, then what I am to judge?
July 16, 2009   05:45 AM PDT
What's wrong with his review? It's his opinion for one, and secondly, I agree that should he want "genuine" Japanese food, and equates that with the food being prepared, and served by, "genuine" Japanese people, then that's his prerogative. I think that you passing judgment on what you see is racist and xenophobic doesn't necessarily show you off to be as open-minded and liberal as you think you are.
March 31, 2009   05:41 PM PDT
I am aloof distant and politely condescending, thus, I make the most authentic battered cod and chips.
March 31, 2009   08:17 AM PDT
I was once in a Chinese restaurant where I was served by Authentic Japanese Chef Santiago. He was much more fun then the other one time I went and got an actual Japanese chef

Another time I went to a Chinese dollar scoop place. All the signs were in Korean. The guys cooking spoke Korean and Spanish, and there were two Mexican ladies working the counter who spoke Spanish and a little English. Between everybody, they could talk to everybody.

Denver has fewer authenticity issues, I think, just because we mostly just can't be that picky.

Besides, the food is tasty.

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