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Mar 23 carnivorous chicken commented on Kedai Makan Brings the Flavors of Malaysia to Capitol Hill.
@skidmark -- will do! Harapannya lezat!
Mar 17 carnivorous chicken commented on Morning News: Obama Selects a Judge to Replace Dead Scalia, and Something to Remember on Saint Patrick's Day.
Michael Hechter called it internal colonialism, and it enveloped Wales and Scotland as well. The Irish, Scots, and Welsh would likely argue with the "internal" part.
Feb 11 carnivorous chicken commented on Ted and Heidi Cruz Worship the God of Freedom, Individual Liberty, and Jew Hunting.
"IHOP -- we don't serve pancakes, we serve hate!"
Jan 18 carnivorous chicken commented on Yesterday I Read the NYT Cover To Cover.
Picking nits here, but Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri assumed the presidency after Abdurachman Wahid was forced out; she was chosen as vice president. To complicate things, her party won a plurality of the vote that year (1999) but she was so politically inept she couldn't create a coalition in the legislature that would support her; Wahid could. She proved utterly devoid of skill as a politician and was a miserable failure. Her popularity was solely based on opposition to Suharto's New Order and that she was Soekarno's daughter.
Nov 11, 2015 carnivorous chicken commented on What's Wrong with This Picture?.
@9 Really? That car isn't blocking anything.
Oct 20, 2015 carnivorous chicken commented on What's Very Wrong with "How Not to Be a Restaurant Racist".
@41 Dog's really not that good, but it does kind of warm you up from the inside out.
Oct 20, 2015 carnivorous chicken commented on What's Very Wrong with "How Not to Be a Restaurant Racist".
@27 I should add: I'm having a bit of a chuckle imagining you eating at a Bangladeshi restaurant and using chopsticks thinking to yourself "I'm showing them..." but I'm just not sure what you're showing "them".
Oct 20, 2015 carnivorous chicken commented on What's Very Wrong with "How Not to Be a Restaurant Racist".
@27 Yeah! Fnarf! How do you know I'm not Thai? And are you really stating that there is no "authentic" Thai or Indian or Ethiopian food in the US because... it's in the US? Or do you think food served in restaurants isn't authentic? What about Thai food at a Thai restaurant in Thailand? You miss the point, and miss my sarcasm as well. But it is funny to see people eat Thai food with chopsticks -- because the underlying assumption is -- and has to be -- it's Asian, it's rice or noodles, so "They" must eat with chopsticks and so will I. Southeast Asians (and South Asians, and many Chinese and Vietnamese) long ago discovered that it's a hell of a lot easier to eat most kinds of rice with a spoon. That's why it's funny. They are making it harder for themselves.

This, however, is funny:
"The notion that eating out is an opportunity to display your knowledge of the exotic life practices of alien cultures ("they use/don't use chopsticks") is a harkening back to colonialism and the American obsession with oneupsmanship and appropriation (which latter is one of our best features). When you correct your dining partners's practices, you are not being "more Thai"; you are being "more American"."

Talk about some crazy/lazy assumptions! Laughing at farang isn't the same as correcting my dining partners's (sic) practices. You keep eating, we'll keep laughing, and nothing really has to change or be considered important. Win/win.
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Oct 20, 2015 carnivorous chicken commented on What's Very Wrong with "How Not to Be a Restaurant Racist".
I want to know what it is when Southeast Asian restaurants (other than Vietnamese) give their diners chopsticks. Or when diners at Southeast Asian restaurants other than Vietnamese (or I guess Singaporean) ask for them. Southeast Asians eat their food with a spoon and a fork, or with their hands. People eating Thai food, for example, with chopsticks is cringe inducing and -- sorry to say -- most Thais and Indonesians I know kind of secretly laugh at it (but acknowledge the whole customer-is-always-right deal). But... is it racist?