‘Widespread’ workplace abuse persists for Chinese restaurant workers


Chinese workers in Greater Toronto restaurants face “widespread and persistent” workplace abuse, including being routinely denied minimum wage, overtime pay and vacation pay, according to a new report.


The report to be released Monday finds that some 43 per cent of Chinese workers earned less than the minimum wage, currently set at $11.25. Over half of the respondents reported working more than 40 hours a week, but only 11 per cent of those eligible for overtime pay said they received it.


The majority of workers were also cheated out of their statutory entitlements, the report shows: 61 per cent said their employers denied them public holidays, and 57 per cent said they did not receive vacation pay.


“The experience of Chinese restaurant workers stands out as a powerful illustration of the atrocities suffered by some of the most vulnerable workers in our economy, as well as a demonstration of the complete failure of the Ontario government to act on its legal obligation to protect workers,” says the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic report called “Sweet & Sour: The Struggle of Chinese Restaurant-workers.”


Avvy Go, director of the clinic, said the findings were no different from a similar survey it did almost three decades ago.


“Unfortunately, nothing has changed in the last 30 years. Our clients come to us asking for help on the same issues over their employment rights. They are still paid half in cash, half by cheque, with a pay stub,” Go said in an interview.

“We are still banging our heads against the same system over and over again. We call the report Sweet & Sour because it is a good deal for restaurant patrons and owners but sour for the workers.”


The clinic undertook the survey to identify the scale of workplace exploitation experienced by Chinese workers, after being contacted by more than 600 clients with complaints about employment standards violations over the past three years.

Racist Feminist: Joanna Angel


back in 2013 Joanna Angel decided to hire a white actor dress him up in yellowface. generating anger during the height of Hollywood war on Asian actors.   this racist identifies as feminist.

on the mangina’s heath site Joanna admits to being a feminist


A feminist’s predilection for openness and honesty extends to post-coital conversation. We have no qualms about commitment-free arrangements if it’s just sex that we want. “I really respect it when a guy agrees that we’re just going to fuck,” says feminist porn actress Joanna Angel. “I much prefer that to someone feeding me a bunch of bullshit.” Consider yourself told.

YellowFace: Janette Tough plays Japanese fashion designer Huki Muki in the forthcoming Ab Fab movie



We know you’re all very excited for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, but comedian Margaret Cho has some bad news for you: There’s yellowface. Yes, it’s almost 2016, and it’s like we’re back to Mickey Rooney circa 1961 being really offensive inBreakfast at Tiffany’s. Scottish comedian Janette Tough makes a cameo appearance in the film as a male Japanese fashion designer named “Huki Muki” (that is not a real Japanese name) in an outfit that’s clearly a reference to the artist Yayoi Kusama. Cho was the first to point out this troubling bit of yellowface, writing on Twitter, “It’s hard enough to get into film and TV as a person of color – and when roles written for us are played by white actors – it’s an outrage.”

Hollywood Diversity: Marvel Casting Tilda Swinton to Play Asian Man?


Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton is in talks to star as the Ancient One in the upcoming Marvel superhero film Doctor Strange, despite the character’s originally written gender and ethnicity, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

While Marvel Studios has generally kept its film characters as close to their comic inspiration as possible, some have criticized the studio’s previous casting choices for their lack of diversity.

(Other Marvel films include franchises such as The Avengers, Captain America, The Punisher, Spider-Man and X-Men.)

Enter Swinton, who could possibly star as the 500-year-old Tibetan sorcerer the Ancient One, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, and an integral character now has a new look, in-step with the industry’s move toward more diversity.

While Marvel’s consideration to cast a female as the Sorcerer Supreme is being praised by some fans of the franchise, others are still upset, and an argument is being made the actress would actually make the film less diverse.

In traditional Marvel storylines, the Ancient One was a peaceful male farmer of Asian descent, which Swinton is most certainly not.

A quick Twitter search reveals some Doctor Strange fans have their reservations about the proposal

Far from Tibet, Swinton was born the daughter of a major general in the Scots Guard in London, England, and was a classmate and friend to Diana Spencer, better known as Princess Diana.

Swinton, who has demonstrated her acting range over a career that started in the mid-1980s, has starred in movies such as Constantine, The Grand Budapest Hotel and theChronicles of Narnia franchise, as of late.

She won an Academy Award in 2008 for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton.

Doctor Strange is set to star Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, and the film is expected to debut in November of 2016, possibly minus a high-profile Asian character.

Disney fans protest against ‘whitewashing’ as more than 30,000 sign Mulan petition

Disney and the rest of racist hollywood can now use the “they can’t find Asian actors” excuse because Asians actors and actress are fleeing to Asia for acting jobs.


Disney fans have already began protesting against a white Mulanahead of the studio’s live action remake of the animated 1998 movie.

More than 30,000 people have signed an online petitiondemanding an Asian lead, as the legendary story is about a Chinese girl who goes to fight the Huns disguised as a man to save her ailing father’s life.

Hollywood has come under fire recently for the casting of white actors as characters meant to be from other races. US actressRooney Mara will play ‘Native American’ princess Tiger Lily inPan this summer, while Christian Bale starred as Moses inExodus: Gods and Kings because director Ridley Scott did not want “Mohammed so-and-so from such-and-such” in the main role.

Natalie Molnar, who founded the Mulan petition, writes that so-called whitewashing has a “direct, harmful impact on not only the movie itself but the audience”.

“Whitewashing implies that people of colour cannot be heroes (although they may at times be villains or supporting characters), leaving it far more difficult for countless children around the world to see themselves in the stories they love and think that they too can make a difference,” she says.

“It perpetuates a standard of beauty and goodness wherein whites are considered the ideal and norm despite that not only are Americans diverse, but the entire world is.

“As for the acting community, keeping diverse actors out of what should be diverse roles severely limits the number of roles they can get, especially a potentially name-making role such asMulan’s eponymous character would surely be.

Macau-born Ming-Na Wen originally voiced Mulan for Disney and can currently be seen in Marvel’s superhero series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

However, a recent study found that just 4 per cent of all female characters in Hollywood films last year were Asian or Latina, with only 11 per cent identifying as African-American.

Mulan will follow The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast,Dumbo and Pinocchio into a modern remake, with Disney already having enjoyed huge success with Alice in Wonderland,Maleficent and, most recently, Cinderella starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett.



a comment under the yahoo article

Katie Campagna 4 hours ago

Jim Sturgess was cast as the lead in the movie 21 about some card-counting MIT students. The real-life group of students was mostly Asian-American, in the movie only 2 of them were asian, and both played side roles with shallow character development, few lines, and little backstory.

Jim Sturgess was also cast to play a Korean man in Cloud Atlas, where they actually applied yellowface in the form of prosthetics and makeup to make their chosen british caucasian actor look Korean.

The last name of the sheriff in 30 Days of Night was changed to one that sounded more caucasian, since they chose Josh Hartnett to play a character who, in the comic books, is Inuit. The real-life town is 57% Native American and 22% white. In the movie there is only one Inuit character, who is played by a Samoan actor.

The lead role in the movie Drive was written as a Latina woman, which the director re-wrote so he could cast Carey Mulligan

The lead role in Stuck was loosely based on the real life story of a black woman, yet they cast Mena Suvari to play the role. And then actually gave her cornrows??

Keanu Reeves was chosen to play one of the 47 Ronin. Really?

The entire cast of both Exodus and Gods of Egypt.

Jake Gyllenhaal was chosen to play a Persian Prince

Rooney Mara was cast as Tiger Lily in the movie Pan coming out next year. Tiger Lily being the Native American princess in Peter Pan.

Katniss is not white in the books and is described as such, yet Jennifer Lawrence was cast to play her.

The real-life Tony Mendez is hispanic, while Ben Affleck who portrayed him in Argo is definitely not.

Jennifer Connelly was cast in A Beautiful Mind to play a wife that, in real life, is from El Salvador.

All of these happened in the last 15 years. It does happen. It happens all the time.

fan of racist hollywood boot out of restaurant

A man caught on camera allegedly racially abusing fast food workers at an Adelaide Hungry Jacks will face court after police caught up with him when his tirade continued on the street outside the restaurant.

A video of a man being confronted by fellow patrons after a series of outbursts in an Adelaide fast food outlet emerged online, today.

South Australian Police told ninemsn they had arrested a 19-year-old Gawler, SA man a short time after the video, shot on Friday evening, ended.

“Police were called to the restaurant at about 5.10pm on Friday 27 February after reports of a man acting in a disorderly manner towards staff and customers,” a police spokesperson said.

“A description of the man was given to police by witnesses who advised police that he had walked out of the restaurant.”

“A man was arrested by police a short distance away and charged with disorderly behaviour.”

The arrested man will face Adelaide Magistrates court on March 26.
Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/03/01/09/00/fast-food-racist-booted-out-by-customers#flGxm72U5JcLb6GM.99

6 Things (Anglo) White Girls Can Learn From Filipinas(or non Anglo women)

by Matt Forney



1. Lose some weight, fatty.

While American fast food franchises like McDonald’s and KFC have made a disturbing amount of progress in the Philippines, the population as a whole is nowhere near Western levels of obesity. The average Filipina weighs about 95 pounds soaking wet and is so light I can scoop her up in my arms like a baby. If I tried doing that with your gwailo ass, I’d be looking at a trip to the emergency room.

Look, nobody likes fat girls, not even fat girls themselves. If you want men to treat you like a human being, you better maintain a human shape. Lay off the cronuts, go to the gym, and start skipping meals. The boner wants what it wants, and what it doesn’t want is a duck-footed, buck-toothed Pillsbury Doughgirl.

2. Put down your iPhone.

Smartphones are ubiquitous in the Philippines, almost as bad as back in the U.S. Even poor people here have flip phones, and you can buy calling cards at street eateries alongside local delicacies like tuna panga. Yet Filipinas aren’t obsessed with their phones the same way white girls are. You’ll never see a Filipina hunched over her iPhone at a bar or the beach, obsessively checking her Instagram likes and taking selfies; she’s too busy having fun with her family or friends.

White girls use their smartphones as a crutch to avoid social interaction. Every encounter they have with another human being has to be mediated by a screen, even sleazy hookups (see: Tinder). White girls are becoming so socially retarded due to iPhone addiction that they’re starting to interpret innocuous remarks and cramped subways as misogynistic oppression. If you want men to find you attractive again, stop babbling about “rape culture,” put down the phone and start talking to people.


3. Don’t be a slut.

Like all Asian countries, the Philippines has its fair share of “yellow cabs,” slutty girls who specifically seek out white guys for hookups. But there are also a lot of girls who stay virgins well into their twenties. Filipinas know that chastity is one of the most valuable traits a girl can have, so they don’t just give themselves up to any guy who winks at them.

White girls will spend their youth sitting on a big bucket of dongs, then as their looks fade away, they whine about how there are “no good men left.” If you don’t want men to treat you like a cheap whore, don’t act like one.


4. Be appreciative.

Every Filipina I’ve taken on a date so far has texted me afterwards thanking me for taking them out. My current girlfriend tells me “I love you” every time we get together. She knows that while I love her back, if we were to break up tomorrow, I would have my pick of beautiful young women just like her. She appreciates me because I’m a good man who cares about her, and because she feels honored that I chose her out of so many eligible bachelorettes.

White girls are completely self-centered when it comes to relationships. They think that the smelly hole between their legs entitles them to princess treatment and that men should be grateful to even be speaking to them. Then they wonder why the only men they can attract are losers and wusses. Real men don’t put up with selfish little brats, so if you want a good man, you better be grateful for him when he comes along. Ask not what your man can do for you, but what you can do for your man.


5. Treat marriage and family seriously

White girls love to delude themselves about how women from poorer countries are “golddiggers” and “mail-order brides,” but all the Filipinas I’ve dated so far are college-educated and middle class. In fact, my girlfriend is technically more educated than I am (she’s studying to become a nurse). Yet Filipinas don’t fetishize their college degrees and jobs the way white girls do. Ask a Filipina what she really wants, and they’ll all say the same thing: a husband and children. Jobs are something they do to get money and nothing more.

Girls are designed to bear children from their late teens up to their late twenties. After thirty, female fertility starts to drop off, and menopause kills it entirely. If you want kids, forget about your “career” and start thinking about getting married now. If that sounds regressive, I’m sorry, but that’s life. Your boring data entry or pumpkin spice latte-slinging job won’t love you until death do you part, but a husband and a family will.


6. Find a higher cause.

Filipino culture is still largely dominated by the Catholic Church, which is why divorce, adultery, and abortion are all illegal here. While I’m not religious myself, there’s something to be said for living in a society that is animated by a higher purpose. The average Filipina attends Mass weekly, believes in God, and tries her best to live up to His commandments, even if she doesn’t always succeed. The moral framework provided by Catholicism is in part why the Philippines is far less dysfunctional then Thailand, Cambodia and other countries in the region.

God is dead in the West, and white girls have replaced Him with consumerism and celebrity worship. That’s why they get more upset over a rich actress getting her phone hacked then by hundreds of girls getting raped by Pakistani immigrants. You don’t have to become a devout Christian, but you should find some purpose in your life aside from mindless consumption. Instead of reading Buzzfeed, try picking up a good book. Instead of playing Candy Crush, play chess. Write a book, learn to paint, start a rock band, but do something real with your time.

While there are a number of other things that white girls can do to better compete with Filipinas, such as getting rid of the tattoos and aging gracefully, these six changes will make a world of difference. If white girls want quality men, they need to up their game and learn how to be feminine again. If they don’t, there’s a whole nation full of petite, wifely women who will give us what we want.



Not sexy enough? The plight of Asian American male actors

When was the last time an Asian American actor starred in a major Hollywood film as the handsome romantic lead? Exactly. Sadly, that’s been the missing scene, if you will, in U.S. studio-released motion pictures. Certainly, there’s no shortage of attractive actors of Asian ancestry in America to play those romantic roles. Yet, Hollywood studios continue ignoring them as leads. Speculation points to institutionalized racism of studio executives who still stereotype Asian men as too emasculated to play sexualized or romantic characters.

Writer/director Steven J. Kung was so troubled by the obvious exclusion of Asian American actors as leads that he made a movie about it. In A Leading Man, Kung pontificates about disparity in the film industry through a young, urbane actor named GQ Qi (Jack Yang). While GQ considers himself leading-man material, he can’t seem to convince casting directors of it. That’s not surprising given that he’s Taiwanese American. He can look glamorous in a white collar, cuffs, and tie. He can sip elegantly from a wineglass without spilling a drop. He can even “get the girl.” But how come the suave and sophisticated GQ can’t get a role that doesn’t require speaking heavily accented broken English?

After winning the role of a foreign exchange student on a TV series, GQ is elated until he learns that the producer sees his character as a caricature. After all, what student from China meets his American host family dressed in a Chinese silk jacket and coolie hat? But that’s what producer Bruno Oliver (Mitch Lebowitz) requests of GQ. In fact, he demands that GQ be “more Chinese” by bucking his teeth and talking as if he were illiterate. With the name Kung Pao (yes, as in the spicy stir-fried dish), GQ’s character seems to endlessly bow and scrape to the white family he lives with. When GQ protests a scene where Kung Pao erects a shrine to his ancestors at the dinner table, Bruno is livid. As far removed from a leading man as he can get, GQ finally loses his cool and is promptly fired.

Already under pressure by his mother to get a real job with the family business in Taiwan, GQ is ashamed to admit he’s no longer employed. At restaurant gatherings with his extended family (that seem to be disproportionately comprised of Harvard grads), he’s already the butt of their jokes over his inability to pick up the tab. Seriously considering his options, GQ begins dating a powerful white female casting director, Rachel, very capably played by Heather Mazur. Although GQ’s intentions aren’t all that honorable, Rachel is sincere about her feelings, which makes their situation a sticky one. Hoping Rachel can salvage his career, GQ soon moves in with her.



How to Protect a Nation Against Feminism, Marxism and Sluttiness by Matt Forney



Living in the Philippines has been an eye-opening experience for me in just about every respect. One thing it’s made me think twice about is the effect of education and work on the female psyche. Filipinas have just as many rights as American women: they go to college, get jobs and can do just about anything a man can, exempting joining the army or any other career field that requires masculine strength and virtue. There are even policewomen here. Yet the girls in this country are affectionate and feminine to a degree that I thought was impossible for humans to be. Even the girls studying or moving into more masculine career paths—for example, I briefly dated a girl who was headed to law school—would make even the more feminine ladies back home look like dick-clitted dykes.

The college, career and smartphone fetishes that American girls are afflicted with are completely absent here.

Keep in mind that the Philippines should have been absorbed into the American cultural orbit decades ago. Not only is American culture worshipped here—the Philippines is the most pro-American country in the world—Filipinos’ fluency in English deprives them of one of the biggest barriers to Americanization in most other countries. What gives? Is it because of poverty? It can’t be: the horrors of the favelas haven’t kept Brazil from going balls-to-the-wall feminist. Christianity? Somewhat, but not entirely: the religiosity of Middle Americans hasn’t prevented their nation from becoming the new Gomorrah. What makes the Philippines so damn special?

The answer: family.

In the U.S., women view themselves as a class in the Marxist sense, wholly separate from and in opposition to men. Men are also viewed as a class by women, though men themselves don’t see themselves as a class (which is why the men’s rights movement is doomed to failure). American women (and women from other Anglosphere countries) instinctively side with their class against the men in their lives on every issue of importance. From personal matters to political ones, American girls are conditioned to stab their husbands, boyfriends, fathers, brothers, and sons in the back to protect the interests of women they don’t even know. Mothers will side with in-laws against their own sons; co-eds will promulgate lies about “date rape” to cover for promiscuity; conservative female politicians are ideologically indistinguishable from leftists.

The tendency of girls to back their fellow women over the men in their lives was once lampooned as “Team Woman,” but I don’t believe that all women everywhere are doomed to this. Just as a culture can encourage certain character traits, it can also tamp them down.

The class consciousness of American women is an invention that came about due to the destruction of the family.

In the Philippines, women do not identify with each other as a class, nor do they define men as a class. Filipinos and Filipinas see themselves as part of a cohesive whole; one cannot exist without the other. Filipinos are fiercely loyal to their family and friends, wives are devoted to their husbands, and mothers defend their children. The antagonistic gender feminism loved by American women—the feminism of “rape culture,” work fetishism and mythological glass ceilings—would go over as well as a wet fart here. Filipinas can vote, hold down jobs and go to college: feminists have nothing to offer them aside from unhappiness.

In a culture where your family is the most important thing in your life, why would anyone side with their sex over their own flesh and blood?

The strength of the family unit is why the Philippines—and nations like it—are resistant to feminism and cultural Marxism. The family is a dead entity in the U.S. Single motherhood, divorce rape, homosexual marriage and the propaganda pumped out of the mainstream media has transformed Americans into 300 million little atoms with no sense of community. In the absence of strong family bonds, women andmen are susceptible to alternative identities foisted on them from the outside, and the left has been all too happy to provide women with a class identity that paints them as powerless victims.

The corporate feminism of the post-Reagan era is the perfect ideology to keep women in chains, using a combination of Nietzschean slave morality—“I’m superior because I’m oppressed!”—and empty empowerment to turn women into cogs of the government-corporate complex. Men too are defined by this feminism, defined in the negative as oppressors, exploiters, enemies. How can men and women view each other as anything but adversaries in this kind of environment?

Government, corporations and academia profit from spreading a worldview that severs the most basic bonds between human beings.

This is why the left despises the family unit. This is why they push for gay marriage and tranny acceptance, why they oppose Christianity and homeschooling, why they advocate for condom-on-cucumber lessons in elementary schools. Their entire program is focused on stripping husbands of their authority over their wives, and parents of their authority over their children. A healthy, loving family cannot be manipulated into becoming fast food-addicted, boob tube-watching wards of the state. They have no need of big government. Lonely, atomized individuals turn to anything to fill the void that family ordinarily does: shopping, sex, drugs, tree-hugging, government handouts, the list goes on.

The most surefire way to resist cultural Marxism is through a strong, loving, extended family unit.

Note the “extended” in that sentence. The nuclear family so beloved of American conservatives, the norm in Protestant, northern European countries, is a weakened family unit. It was precisely the weakness of Protestant nuclear families that provided the fertile soil for cultural Marxism to grow. Third-wave gender feminism of the man-hating variety holds less sway in traditionally Catholic European countries such as Spain and Italy because of those nations’ larger family units. Indeed, first-wave feminism in the U.S. died outin part due to the clout of patriarchal Catholic immigrant communities such as the Irish and Italians.

And that’s why cultural Marxism is on its way out.

The left is quickly approaching their singularity, the point of no return. They’ve aborted and contracepted themselves out of existence, with illegal Mexicans their only hope of maintaining power. The future will belong to the nations that protect, nurture and defend the traditional extended family. The atomized, masturbating hordes that the left thrives on make good slaves but poor soldiers.

The Myth Of Yellow Fever

Recently, YouTube personality and aspiring actress Anna Akana posted a rant about white men who fetishize Asian women. In the video, Akana recounts her experiences with yellow fever-stricken white nerds with such bitterness that you can practically visualize stink lines wafting off the screen

Beyond the fact that Akana is clearly making some of her stories up (getting approached by men speaking an Asian language? Yeah right, honey), her video itself is based on a lie. Yellow fever, as described by jealous white girls and Americanized Asian girls, does not exist. The idea that there’s a whole population of men who fetishize slanty eyes and hairless bodies is a myth.

Before the usual suspects start flapping their gums, yes, nerdy white guys tend to end up with Asian girls. But the reason this happens is not because of the man’s fetish, but the woman’s fetish. Asian girls have an obsession with whiteness and white men that borders on being creepy, an obsession that is almost entirely ignored by the legions of white girls and resentful halfies crying about “yellow fever.”





hollywood whitewashing: White female actress to play Japanese Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell



Campaigners angered at the paucity of roles for east Asian actors in Hollywood have launched a petition calling for Scarlett Johansson to be dismissed from the forthcoming US remake of classic anime Ghost in the Shell. The campaign on Thepetitionsite.com, which has picked up more than 15,000 signatures, calls for studio DreamWorks to replace her with an actor of Asian origin, and accuses Hollywood of “whitewashing”.

“The original film is set in Japan, and the major cast members are Japanese,” reads the petition. “So why would the American remake star a white actress? The industry is already unfriendly to Asian actors without roles in major films being changed to exclude them. “DreamWorks could be using this film to help provide opportunities for Asian-American actors in a market with few opportunities for them to shine. Please sign the petition asking them to reconsider casting Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell and select actors who are truer to the cast of the original film!”

Petition organiser Julie Rodriguez also cites a recent survey that suggests that in 2013 Asian characters made up only 4.4 per cent of speaking roles in top-grossing Hollywood films. Johansson looks likely to play a character based on the cyborg detective, Major Motoko Kusanagi, a key figure in the original 1995 Ghost in the Shell film and the comic book series on which it is based. The US actor, whose star has risen following standout turns in Lucy and Marvel Studios’Avengers series of superhero films, was reportedly offered $10m (Dh36 million) to take the role. It is not yet clear how far DreamWorks plans to alter the original, Japanese-set storyline of Ghost in the Shell, although Johansson’s inclusion hints that the action could be transferred to North America.

Hollywood has been criticised in the past for casting white actors in east Asian roles, with M Night Shyamalan’s misfiring 2010 film The Last Airbender a notable recent example. The dubious tradition runs all the way back to 1956 epic The Conqueror, in which John Wayne starred as a suspiciously Midwestern accented Genghis Khan, and 1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with a bucktoothed Mickey Rooney as the shamefully offensive Japanese caricature, IY Yunioshi. More recently, Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings was accused of whitewashing following the decision to cast famous white actors such as Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton in the lead roles, despite depicting events taking place in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sephora hit with class action and racism allegations after blocking shoppers from online sale




The US arm of cosmetics giant Sephora is facing a class action lawsuit over claims it deliberately blocked the online accounts of women with Asian names from a massive online sale because it suspected them of buying discount products to resell in Asia.

The retailer, which plans to open its first Australian store next month, had a promotional sale on November 6 that caused its website to crash.

According to Reuters, Sephora said at the time the crash had resulted from large numbers of bulk shoppers looking to take advantage of the low prices so they could resell the items for a profit.

The lawsuit filed by four women of Chinese descent living in the US, Xiao Xiao, Jiali Chen, Man Xu and Tiantian Zou, claims the cosmetic company deactivated their accounts because of their Asian surnames.

The lawsuit alleges only customers with Asian names or email addresses from Chinese domains were blocked from the site in the hours after it crashed. It also claims more than 95% of the blocked and deactivated accounts belonged to people in the U.S. who were not bulk-buying or reselling products.

The complaint claims: “To date, no explanation has been provided by Sephora as to why customers of or perceived to be of Chinese/Asian descent were singled out while seemingly non-Chinese/Asian customers were permitted account accessibility once the website was restored.”

Parent company LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton is also listed as a defendant in the suit.

In the wake of the crash, Sephora’s US Facebook page was swamped with angry comments accusing the company of being racist.

The company released a statement apologising for the crash in which it acknowledged “in some instances we have, indeed, deactivated accounts due to reselling–a pervasive issue throughout the industry and the world.”

“As part of our ongoing commitment to protecting our clients and our brands, we have identified certain entities who take advantage of promotional opportunities to purchase products in large volume on our website and re-sell them through other channels,” said Sephora.

“After careful consideration, we have deactivated these accounts in order to optimise product availability for the majority of our clients, as well as ensure that consumers are not subject to increased prices or products that are not being handled or stored properly.”

But the plaintiffs say they lost reward points they accumulated buying hundreds of dollars of merchandise from Sephora. They are seeking unspecified damages and a court order barring the company from engaging in the alleged practice.

Sephora is set to open in Australia in December and has been touted to shake up the cosmetics industry, which has previously enjoyed free rein by a few competitors.

With a large proportion of Australian customers from Asian background, digital marketing expert Michelle Gamble from Marketing Angels told SmartCompany Sephora’s alleged actions may limit its reach with Asian customers worldwide.

“It’s a big mistake,” says Gamble. “They are potentially offending a large proportion of their largest market.”

Gamble says while she can understand the company having to deal with the “big issue” of reselling and counterfeiting products, Sephora has “gone about it the wrong way”.

“They haven’t thought it through with the way they’ve implemented the sale and the technology behind it,” she says.

But Gamble believes any negative impact on the brand will likely “blow over” and imagines Sephora would seek to settle the matter out of court and out of media attention.

“I’m sure they don’t want it to get too much oxygen,” she says.

A statement from Sephora to SmartCompany  said the company will defend themselves against the claims.

“This lawsuit significantly distorts the facts in this matter,” said Sephora.

“We look forward to defending our actions in court. Among other points, we intend to make very clear that clients from a number of countries around the world have been impacted by a temporary block we needed to place on accounts in order to restore the functionality of our site during a surge of activity by resellers during a promotional event two weeks ago.”

This story was updated after SmartCompany received the statement form Sephora.

fans of racist hollywood strikes again: It’s Raining Racist Comments About Asian Drivers


When it rains, it pours racist comments about bad Asian drivers! With the Pineapple Expressrainstorm moving through California this week, folks are taking to Twitter to blame bad driving on the wet roads on Asian folks. They’re repeating the age-old racist trope that Asians (especially women) are bad drivers.

LAist first noticed that Plastic Jesus—a local street artist who was responsible for erecting aneight-foot Oscars statue replica with a heroin needle in its arm in Hollywood earlier this year—posted a racist tweet about Asian drivers, we decided to see who else in California was doing the same.

NPR reported that when South Korean-based Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed-landed in San Francisco last July, a slew of racist “Asians can’t drive” tweets erupted over the internet.

Claire Jean Kim, associate professor of political science and Asian American Studies at the University of California Irvine, talked to CNN about the problems with this: “Those kinds of jokes reflect a deeper view of Asian Americans as culturally different and inferior. That’s not a joke, that has material effects. It leads to a general sense, even those who are born here in the U.S., they simply don’t belong.”


NYC: At least 4 people pushed in front of subways in less than two years



At least four people have been pushed in front of city subways in less than two years — all of them Asian immigrants.

The latest victim was Wai Kuen Kwok, a 61-year-old immigrant from Hong Kong who was fatally thrown in front of a D train Sunday by a mysterious attacker at the East 167th Street station in the Highbridge section of The Bronx.

Last November, retired garment factory worker and Chinese immigrant Shou Kuan Lin, 72, of China, waspushed in front of an A train by a vagrant in Harlem. He is brain-dead and remains on life support, law-enforcement sources said.

In December 2012, a psychotic woman threw Sunando Sen, 36, a Bangladeshi, in front of a No. 7 train in Woodside, Queens, killing him.

That same month, Ki Suk Han, 58, of South Korea, was shoved in front of a Q train at the 49th Street station in Times Square by a deranged homeless drifter after a clash on the platform, and died.

How Racism Created America’s Chinatowns

Last month, a San Francisco tour guide was caught in a racist rant about the city’s Chinatown, berating residents for “eating turtles and frogs” and for not assimilating into American culture.

There’s an irony to these grievances, considering that Chinatowns in the U.S. sprang up in large part because of anti-Chinese racism, and because of legal barriers that prevented assimilation.

At their height, there were dozens of Chinatowns, in big metro areas like Los Angeles and Chicago and in smaller cities like Cleveland and Oklahoma City. You might think of these neighborhoods as places to eat dim sum and buy knickknacks, but the reasons they initially formed are much more complex — and political.

Chinese immigrants congregated together in part because of intense anti-Chinese attacks.

Seeking economic opportunity during the Gold Rush and the building of the transcontinental railroad, the first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in the U.S. in the mid-1800s. The first Chinatowns sprang up on the West Coast and were, at the start, much like ethnic settlements founded by European immigrant groups.

These immigrants were paid lower wages than white workers, who then blamed Chinese laborers for driving down pay and taking away jobs. After the railroad was completed and white laborers in other industries began to fear for their jobs, anti-Chinese attacks increased, including beatings, arson and murder.

In Rock Springs, Wyoming, 150 armed white miners drove Chinese immigrants out of town in 1885 by setting fire to their homes and businesses and murdering 28 people. No one was charged in the massacre. It was hardly an isolated incident; 153 anti-Chinese riots erupted throughout the American West in the 1870s and 1880s, with some of the worst episodes of violence in Denver, Los Angeles, Seattle and Tacoma, Washington.

Many Chinese immigrants moved east to escape the attacks, explains Beatrice Chen, public programs director for the Museum of Chinese in America, located in New York. “That’s really how Chinatowns on the East Coast got their start,” she tells HuffPost. At the same time, Chinese immigrants who remained on the West Coast sought safety in numbers in the Chinatowns there.

The Exclusion Act of 1882 created significant legal barriers to Chinese immigrants’ assimilation.

Around the turn of the century, politicians played into white workers’ anxieties, pointing the finger at Chinese immigrants for economic hardship and labeling them fundamentally incapable of assimilation into U.S. society.

In 1877, a congressional committee heard testimony that the Chinese “are a perpetual, unchanging, and unchangeable alien element that can never become homogenous; that their civilization is demoralizing and degrading to our people; that they degrade and dishonor labor; and they can never become citizens.”

Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, barring Chinese immigrants who were already in the U.S. from becoming citizens and restricting new immigration from China. The law marked the first time that the U.S. restricted immigration explicitly on the basis of race.

Along with the Exclusion Act’s renewal in 1892, Congress required all Chinese-Americans — including U.S.-born citizens — to carry photo ID at all times or risk arrest and deportation.

In response to exclusion, community organizations in Chinatown provided services to immigrants who weren’t protected by the benefits of American citizenship. “I think of them as sort of the first social service agencies for the Chinese,” Chen says. “That’s why you see a lot of informal networks and associations within Chinatowns in the United States.”

In San Francisco’s Chinatown, for example, The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association provided legal representation, organized a private watchmen patrol for the neighborhood and offered health services.

Housing and labor discrimination kept Chinese immigrants from being able to live and work outside of Chinatown.

During the exclusion era, it was difficult for Chinese immigrants to find a place to live outside of Chinatown. “In the broadest strokes, Chinatowns were products of extreme forms of racial segregation,” explains Ellen D. Wu, a history professor at Indiana University Bloomington and author of The Color Of Success: Asian Americans And The Origins Of The Model Minority. “Beginning in the late 19th century and really through the 1940s and ’50s, there was what we can call a regime of Asian exclusion: a web of laws and social practices and ideas designed to shut out Asians completely from American life.”

“That’s really how Chinatowns came into being,” Wu adds, “not how we think about them now, as a fun place to get a meal or buy some tchotchkes, but as a way to contain a very threatening population in American life.”

Several Western states passed laws that prohibited Chinese immigrants from owning property. In Manhattan’s Chinatown, Chen says, some Italian immigrants sold buildings to the Chinese, but it was difficult to find white landlords who would sell to them on other parts of the island.

Chinese immigrants also were barred from most industries, aside from the hand-laundry and restaurant businesses. “It strengthened Chinatown that whites basically refused to work with the Chinese,” says Peter Kwong, a professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College in New York. “Chinese immigrants had to find work through self-employment.”


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Netflix giving Asians more reasons to go to East Asia for acting jobs

This means more money and audience for Drama Fever most of the audience are non-Asian. who want to see Asians on screen living ordinary lives without KKK Hollywood


Marco Polo. Not quite the Christopher Columbus of Asia, but similar idea: Before him, no puffy-sleeved white guy had traveled the continent and come back with such detailed accounts of Europe’s neighbor to the southeast. Of course this makes him very important. And though Polo’s journey did not lead directly to war and genocide, it did prompt a truly awful-looking new series coming to Netflix on Dec. 12.

Following in the footsteps of such popular offerings as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, the trailer for Marco Polo is here. And in the grand tradition of Dances With Wolves and The Last Samurai, it promises a sweeping, sumptuously rendered look at a non-white culture through the only perspective Hollywood seems capable of privileging consistently: a white one.

That’s only half the problem: The Netflix iteration of Polo’s travels looks so steeped in Orientalist stereotypes it’s hard to stop rolling your eyes. From mysterious women flitting about shadowy doorways to what appears to be — as Angry Asian Man points out — a naked guy doing some kind of aerial kung fu move, Polo’s “greatest adventure” is so heavy on gongs, swords and silk-clad women blowing opium powder into the camera it’s a shock the soundtrack isn’t just a rehash of the “Asian riff.”

Background: In 2008, the Media Action Network for Asian Americans put together a helpful list of the limiting ways Asians are represented in the American media. It was meant to “encourage Hollywood’s creative minds to think in new directions,” but it also serves as a damning indictment of how unimaginative the industry remains when it comes to rendering these characters.

“For decades, American entertainment media have defined the Asian image to all the world,” the reportreads. “And usually, that image has been shaped by people with little understanding of Asian people themselves — and with little foresight into how such images would impact the Asian-American community.”

Marco Polo seems to have missed this memo entirely. The pattern it perpetuates is decades in the making — ever since the “yellowface” heyday of Fu Manchu in the 1930s, Hollywood has correlated Asian-ness with an “Otherized” exoticism, usually with sinister or mysterious subtexts. Not only does this violently narrow the diversity of Asian cultures and histories, it does so in a way that’s consumed by millions of people around the world, thereby etching its ignorance onto the popular imagination.

And considering recent tries to introduce more diverse Asian characters into the pop culture sphere — from Marvel Comics’ Cindy Moon to ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat sitcom — one would hope for a more enlightened media offering in 2014.

Do better, Netflix.

Atlanta’s Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Fires Employee for Using Racial Slurs

A Yelp reviewer accused the restaurant’s hostess of singing “Ching, chong, ching, chong” just before seating a group of Asian-American diners.

One of the most popular restaurants in Atlanta — and the official restaurant of the Atlanta Falcons — came under fire recently after a Yelper accused the restaurant’s hostess of using a racial slur. Steph Cha, who is a writer based in Los Angeles, visited Fox Bros. Bar-B-Qearlier this week and took to Yelp to document an incident she found deeply offensive. Cha wrote:

I was having a pleasant enough dinner at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q when whoops, racism rained on my head from behind. The way I remember it is this: I was enjoying a meal with my husband and one of his best friends from childhood, who we never see. I had just received my plate and had my teeth halfway through a chicken wing. The hostess walked behind our table and chanted, “CHING CHONG CHING CHONG.”

My husband and I both froze and just stared at each other. My back had been to the hostess, and for around fifteen seconds, we wondered, silently, if it could be innocent. She had chanted it like you might chant “Ding dong ding dong,” with that sing-song voice. Then she went outside, and when she came back in, she was leading a group of eight Asian-American diners.

Reached by phone, a spokesperson for Fox Bros. confirmed that upon learning of the incident, the employee in question was fired. The employee was terminated 48 hours after the incident occurred. Though she enjoyed the food and service at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Cha says she will never return to the restaurant.

Not that it matters, but those kids spoke perfect English and clearly lived in the area. I thought about telling them what had happened, as they were at a nearby table, but I decided I didn’t want to put a pall over their dinner. My Fox Bros. experience was pretty well ruined by this incident. I was distracted and angry for a lot of the meal, and while I still tasted the food and enjoyed the company of our friend, every minute was tainted. I’m not trying to be dramatic, here–this was the most shockingly racist thing that had happened to me in a while, and it really disturbed me.

After a terse exchange with a representative of Fox Bros. via direct messages on Twitter, Cha decided to document the incident on Yelp. The restaurant has been trying to contact Cha directly, but has only been able to reach the writer via Twitter. They agree that the incident was “highly offensive.”



New Numbers Reveal Asian Wage Gap in Tech

Much has been written in recent months about the diversity of Silicon Valley’s tech companies. Google made headlines in May when it publicly revealed the gender and racial diversity of its workforce for the first time in a blog post.

“Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity, and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts,” wrote the company’s Senior Vice President of People Operations, Laszlo Bock.

Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo also released their diversity data. “The numbers confirmed long-standing suspicions about the culture of tech,” writes Katie Benner for Bloomberg View. “White men made up the biggest piece of the worker pie at Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn and eBay.”

Asian Americans are also well-represented among the tech ranks, making up 34% of Google’s staff, 41% of Facebook’s, and 57% at Yahoo. But researchers at the American Institute for Economic Research found that Asian tech workers on average made $8,146 less each year than white workers in 2012, $3,656 less than Black employees, and $6,907 less than those who identified as “other.” Women, as a group on average, earn $6,358 less than men each year.

Many believe that part of the reason for the gap is that Asians are more likely to be foreign workers living in the United States on an H-1B visa. The study authors note that two out of ten employees in jobs “with a high H-1B demand is Asian” compared to eight percent of the general population.

The study makes a point to stress that the authors don’t believe that H-1B visas depress wages, but that “there are systematic wage differences in these computer technology and financial services occupations by race, ethnicity, gender, marital status, and children in the household.”