hotpot! expresses outrage over racist restaurant name!

We all know the answer to this survey, but good to get our collective message out. Below is a re-post from Asian Americans United:
The Philadelphia Inquirer is currently running a poll on whether the name “Roundeye Noodle Bar” for a “hip” Asian noodle eatery run by two self-described “white boys from the suburbs” is a racist name. It’s a silly issue I know but if you have a chance it would be great to gather more representation than the typical philly.com trolls who tend to vote on these type of issues.
Below is the full text of a note I sent along to a dozen food bloggers or so – which distinguishes from a question of intent (which I did not accuse the owners of though did point out they were the ones to racialize the issue by calling themselves “two white boys from the suburbs”) and the question of whether the name is derogatory regardless of intent.
Thanks for taking a minute to do this!

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about Matyson’s BYOB opening a pop-up noodle bar Sunday called “Roundeye Noodle.” In the owners’ words, they are “two white boys from the suburbs” (the Roundeye Noodle FB page) creating a “hip noodle spot.”

But if these self-named “white boys” are the “roundeye” noodle makers what does that make the Asian noodle places they’re modeling their place after? As a city notoriously home to Chink’s Steaks, it’s really a shame that a well-regarded spot like Matysons would lower their reputation to a legacy of petty, derogatory names in an effort to be “hip.”

Recently, Asian American Journalist Association put out a media alert to fellow journalists writing about Jeremy Lin. The alert is a depressing albeit realistic assessment of the most basic insults Asian Americans are subjected to in casual discourse. In any case, please note AAJA’s specific reference to “eye shape.”

If you’re writing about Matyson’s or “Roundeye Noodle,” I just hope you’ll keep in mind these concerns. I don’t think the owners of “Roundeye” had specific intent, but that’s exactly the problem with racial stereotypes – they’re so deeply ingrained people don’t even question it.
Thanks for the consideration.
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annual hotpot! hot pot

Please join hotpot! for our annual hot pot
Where: Delaware
When: Saturday Feb 25 from 1 to 4pm

This is a potluck-style hot pot but it’s different than our monthly potlucks in that we are having a planned menu. The host will be preparing a beef-based hotpot, and are going to see if they can get a second burner for a vegan version.  The ingredients that we all need to bring are: Scallions, Spinach, Watercress, other leafy greens, Nappa, Fish Balls, Eggs, Tofu, Cilantro, Fresh Mushrooms, Hotpot-style dumplings, Fresh Bean Sprouts.  Please RSVP to hotpotphilly@gmail.com by Feb 19 Sun and mention which ingredient you would like to bring. You maybe asked to bring a specific ingredient so we have a nice variety of ingredients.

We are coordinating rides so if you plan on attending and want to make arrangements, please mention that in your RSVP.

MLK Immigrant Rights are Human Rights March

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On MLK day, hotpot! members joined together with people from across the city of Philadelphia to march in support of immigrant rights as human rights. Arch Street Ministries were filled with people bundled against the cold and ready to listen to speakers from across Philadelphia. Speakers included representatives from Asian Student Association of Philadelphia, Dream Activists PA, Media Mobilizing Project,  Juntos and One Love Movement. After learning about how policies are affecting individuals and entire communities across Philadelphia, the crowd moved outside and marched together up Broad Street. Unity was the theme and I felt it move through the crowd, even though policies are affecting communities in different way, we can unite and support each other in our rights to recognize each others humanity and basic human rights.  We chanted together and I know I felt warmer walking beside other hotpot! members and allies.

hotpot! is still working on immigration issues, especially the how immigration policies affect our LGBTQ community. If you’d like to be part of our upcoming LGBTQ immigration community meeting please contact hotpotphilly@gmail.com

Queer/Trans and Immigrant Identities: Bringing Movements Together

On January 28th, hotpot!, along with NQAPIA (Ben de Guzman) and Unid@s (Lisbeth Melendez) presented a workshop called Queer/Trans and Immigrant Identities: Bringing Movements Together at the National Conference  on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.

As one of the presenters, I was talking about my history of how I came to United States and about my experience working with immigrants while being an immigrant myself and the policies that affected me, my family and friends.

Text of my presentation
First I want to talk about E-verify and how it affects immigrant workers. E-verify is an electronic employment verification system. its verifying the status of their workers and whether they’re undocumented or not and therefore not allowed to work. Undocumented workers contributes a lot to the U.S economy and without their work we could potentially lose $2.7 billion.

Then there’s the error rates. Government figures suggest the errors in a mandatory E-Verify system will cause close to 800,000 American workers to lose their jobs incorrectly, and another 3.6 million will have to spend time correcting mistakes. That’s bad for these workers and for their employers, who will lose productive work hours and, in the case of wrongful terminations, lose trained employees.

The error rate is especially bad for employers and sectors who have higher proportions of immigrant workers, including naturalized citizens and permanent residents. Permanent residents and naturalized citizens are at least ten times more likely to be wrongly identified as “unauthorized” by E-Verify. Mandating this system will codify discrimination against these workers and their employers.

Why is it bad for us, the queer and trans community? Here’s an example: If someone’s legal name doesn’t match their working papers the E-verify will say that this person is ineligible for work. For the economy overall, mandating E-verify will drive more people to do under table jobs resulting in less federal tax revenue.

Next is the S-Com and PARS Agreement. Secure communities encourages racial profiling against anyone who’s not white especially Latinos and people who’s name and gender id doesn’t fit their formal identification such as transgender, gender queer and Gender Non Conforming folks. Until October last year there were 3,600 US citizens arrested through s com and 40% of those detained by ICE (Immigration Enforcement Agency) under DHS (Department of Homeland Security) have spouses or children who are citizens.

PARS Agreement stands for Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System agreement, a program which unlike Secure Communities, is using fingerprints to screen for undocumented immigrants. The Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System automatically releases information about those who come under the purview of police as perpetrators or witnesses to crime.

While the program nets some undocumented immigrants who are guilty of serious crimes, immigrant advocacy groups warn it also picks up people who commit minor, non-violent crimes, such as driving with a broken tail light — and even those who reported domestic violence and places them in detention centers which are prisons.

This creates a sense of fear towards the police so they rarely report any violence.

It is even harder if you’re transgender/queer immigrants because there has been cases of transgender gender queer folks being in-humanely isolated and not getting the medical attention they need in these detention centers. Some eventually die in detention facilities. They also experience violence including assault, rape and sexual abuse, separation/further isolation from families, support and network and from legal help by moving them to different cities and states hundreds of miles away.

I will close my presentation by showing you a video that will give a better sense of how the government, the lobbyist and big companies seeks profits out of immigrants.

– Immigrants for Sale –

Hotpot! Stimulus Party

Hey Hotpot folks!

Hotpot! Is going to be featured at a Stimulus party Friday, Feb. 17th. This stimulus event is going to spread the word about hotpot! And also a portion of the night’s profits will be donated to us.

We need volunteers to sit at the table (that will be towards the front of the club) and speak with people about hotpot! My initial thoughts are 30 minute shifts from 10pm-2am. Please email hotpotphilly@gmail.com if you’d like to help! Below is more information about the party and Stimulus Philly.

Party details:
Stimulus Philly’s Red and Pink Affair

Friday Feb. 17th 10pm-2am

Shampoo nightclub-

417 N. 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123$10 cover

“February isn’t just for the lovebirds, baby! Stimulus is looking out for “all the single ladies” too! Our fabulous 3rd Annual Red & Pink Affair comes complete with the sexy Stimulus shot crew, 2 amazing djs and…wait for it…Stimulus-style speed meeting!!!

You asked for it (again and again) and we’re gonna give it to ya! This themed throw-down will feature Stimulus Speed meeting with Philly’s hottest and flyest LGBTQ crowd! This is your chance to finally chat and chill with fellow Stimulus folks in an intimate setting before the party gets started! Space is very limited so RSVP to stimulusparty@gmail.com and we’ll send you all the important details! Trust us sweethearts, this ain’t yo momma’s speed dating!

It’s a red and pink affair so let’s see it! Whether it’s a red miniskirt, plaid button down with a killer red bowtie or hot pink skinny jeans, we can’t wait to see how you rock your colors!”

Facebook party invite link – https://www.facebook.com/events/310230862352334/

Stimulus Philly’s mission statement from http://www.stimulusphilly.com

Noticing a striking lack of diversity in LGBTQ nightlife, Stimulus Productions founders Amber and Morgan united to create one nightlife space to bring the often segmented aspects of the LGBTQ community together. Emerging from different backgrounds but joining with a shared passion, Amber and Morgan desired to create an environment where LGBTQ individuals regardless of race, age, class, size, or gender presentation could come together and celebrate the brilliant diversity of our community. Out of this vision, Stimulus Productions was born. Since May 2009, Stimulus has grown rapidly and now enjoys tremendous success in the city of Philadelphia and beyond.

Recognized as one of the nation’s most diverse monthly LGBTQ parties, Stimulus exists to provide a welcoming, unique and chic space for all LGBTQ individuals. We are inspired by the depth and beauty of LGBTQ people and aspire to continue to grow with our ever-evolving community.