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WELLINGTON – A restaurant in New Zealand has been accused of using “shameful” racial cliches on its menu.
Customers reading the menu at Bamboozle, an Asian fusion restaurant in Christchurch, will come across dishes with the names “Chirri Garrik an Prawn Dumpring”, “Ho Lee Kok” and “Zhou Dynasty ‘Snake Mother’”.
A picture of the menu posted by a customer on Twitter this week sparked anger, with some users calling the choice of dish names “shameful”.
“This makes me so mad. There’s no racism in NZ? I beg to… differ” said social media user Chris Tse on Twitter.
“I guarantee you the majority of Asians in New Zealand don’t see this as funny. You find it funny because you haven’t been taunted like this for your whole life. It’s not funny,” said Julian Liew-Young, another social media user
However, there were others who said the menu was “hilarious”.
The restaurant, which has used the menu for two years, defended it by saying that customers enjoyed the names as “part of the experience”.
“Pretty much everyone [sic] of our customers enjoys the written menu as part of their overall experience,” restaurant owner Philip Kraal told The NZ Herald, adding that they “appreciate the feedback and are actively considering it”.
Commenting on the incident, New Zealand’s Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy said: “There’s nothing world class about using racial stereotypes to sell food.” GAD/Expat Media
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