Democrat US congresswoman Grace Meng, who is of Taiwanese descent, took to Facebook this week to explain her outrage about an Ontario, Canada developed videogame (which has already sparked outrage in Canada as well) in which the player is a Chinese cook managing a restaurant.
‘Dirty Chinese Restaurant’ looks quite classic though it was developed last year. In the game you play a cook who has to pay the bills and keep the restaurant stocked with goods. The offending bit lies in the fact that you can use cats as meat, dive into dumpsters to look for something to serve, serve food that has passed an expiry date and even pay your workers below minimum wage.
Ms Meng, who represents the citizens of New York in the US congress, said: “This game uses every negative and demeaning stereotype that I have ever come across as a Chinese American. From the names used for the characters of the game to the types of food they cook to the disturbing depiction of their faces, this game epitomizes racism against Asian Americans. I fear that prejudice against and othering of Asian Americans remains a form of racism that is too frequently brushed off and tacitly accepted.”
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The developers of the game, Big-O-Tree, have a tag line on their website which states that: “Because being politically correct is so……boring.”
Having been informed of the outrage their newest offering has sparked in the US, they responded: “It has come to our attention that our small, independent game, Dirty Chinese Restaurant,has upset some people due to its content. Our game is mainly satire and comedy influenced by the classic politically-incorrect shows we grew up watching, such as: South Park, All in the Family, Sanford & Son, Family Guy, Simpsons, and Chappelle’s Show. We also listen to Jay-Z. Our game in no way is meant to be an accurate representation of Chinese culture.”