Woman Faces Racial Discrimination in New York Dunkin Donuts Store – Bystander gets involved, but not in the way you expect

Peiyin Shih fell victim to racial discrimination in a New York Dunkin Donuts on Monday afternoon when an employee refused to serve her a glazed chocolate donut until she [said] “the whole name of the donut” Her Facebook post below:
 ‎Peiyin Shih to Dunkin’ Donuts via Facebook
Peiyin Shih's photo. Hi, I went to this Dunkin Donuts located at 100-05 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, NY 11375 with my nanny & my one year old son today 5/30/2016 at 3:38 pm. Besides juice & hot chocolate, we order Glazed chocolate donut. Staff Yaibur R. told me that I have to say the whole name of the donut. I point it to him & tell him that I want the “glazed chocolate donut” with a accent. He is like “What? What are you saying?” I point it again & say “that chocolate donut.” He does not even want to look & help me. He just look at me & say “you have to say the whole name of the donut.” I say why should I say the whole name. You already know what I want. You just want to make fun of me. He said you just have to say it in order to order it. I said I want to talk to your manager. He said you don’t have to see the manager. Manager is not here. You think he will be here all the time. He has home. Today is holiday. He has to go home. I say what is your name? He point his name tag & say “Here is my name. Do you know how to say it?” I insist to see the manager. Of course that staff ignore me.
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  And then, this customer start to scream at me. When I start to use my phone to record, that Dunkin staff finally stop making fun of me. But this customer start to approach me & scream at me saying that he is going to take my phone away & throw it outside of window. I say don’t touch me. I am calling the police. The customer even say that I must be illegal. How humiliated. The staff is just standing there laughing. Doing nothing. I called the police. This guy keep making fun of me before he run away. He even call the police & tell them that i am just a Chinese lady who doesn’t like the Dunkin personnal’s attitude. Language violence? Discrimination? Bully the women with a children? Is this represent Dunkin Donus? This behavior of discrimination & arrogant is unacceptable.
See Peiyin Shih’s actual Facebook post HERE
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Chick-fil-A Free Sandwich

By EatDrinkDeals Staff     June 1, 2016.

Get a free Chicken Sandwich at Chick-fil-A when you download their app starting today, Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

CLICK HERE to download the app.  After you install the Chick-fil-A One app and join or sign into the Chick-fil-A insider program, open the app and you’ll see the free sandwich coupon.  Or, click on Treats to find the coupon.  Good for a free regular, spicy or grilled Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich.

To get the free sandwich you must install the app and sign in with your email address by June 11, 2016. The free sandwich offer expires on June 30, 2016.  Chick-fil-A announced the free sandwich offer on Facebook and the Chick-fil-A Home Page.

Chick-fil-A said the app allows you to skip the line when placing your order and build up rewards points for future free treats.

About Chick-fil-A (from Wikipedia)

Chick-fil-A is an American fast food restaurant chain headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, Georgia, specializing in chicken sandwiches. Founded in 1946, it has been associated with the Southern United States, where it has become a cultural icon. 

Chick-fil-A has more than 1,700 restaurants in 38 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, and is focusing future growth in the American Midwest and Southern California. Unlike most fast food restaurants and retail chain stores, all Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed for business on Sunday.

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NSF funds extensive survey of Asian Americans | University of California

By Bettye Miller, UC Riverside Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Credit: UC Riverside

(clockwise from top left) Professors Karthick Ramakrishnan, Jennifer Lee, Taeku Lee, and Janelle Wong

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, whose numbers are becoming increasingly influential in presidential elections. Despite their rapid growth and remarkable diversity, Asian Americans remain an understudied group whose experiences and attitudes are not reflected in national polls.

To address this gap, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a multi-campus team of researchers a $507,132 grant to undertake the most extensive study of Asian Americans to date.

The team includes Karthick Ramakrishnan, associate dean of the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy and professor of public policy and political science; Jennifer Lee, professor of sociology at UC Irvine; Taeku Lee, professor of political science and law at UC Berkeley; and Janelle Wong, professor of American students and director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland.

The study will expand upon the National Asian American Survey (NAAS), which was founded in 2008 and repeated in 2012. The NAAS is a scientific and nonpartisan effort to poll the opinions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and is the only nationally representative academic survey of this population.  NAAS 2016 will focus on three core themes: (1) immigrant and second-generation incorporation; (2) race and ethnic relations and attitudes; (3) civic and political participation. Findings from the survey, which will be released in 2017, will prove an accurate portrait of the Asian American population, dispel myths, and correct misconceptions about the group.

“NAAS 2016 will allow researchers to study Asian Americans, who are often ignored in research projects because of their small and statistically unreliable sample sizes in other national and longitudinal surveys,” explained Ramakrishnan, the principal investigator on the NSF-funded project. “The results also will enable us to compare Asian Americans with three more thoroughly studied groups: African Americans, Latinos, and non-Hispanic whites.”

Becoming a priority

The researchers plan to conduct their study in 2016 and release the data to the public in summer 2017.

“The Asian American population is rapidly growing and changing, and with NAAS, we have a unique opportunity to study dynamics like intra-racial attitudes. Never before has a survey focused on how Asian ethnic groups view each other, and how they construct an Asian ethnic hierarchy,” said Jennifer Lee, co-principal investigator on the project.

Taeku Lee, another co-principal investigator, added, “Arguably the nation’s most dynamic and diverse population, the views and experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders remains largely relegated to the shadows. With data from this quadrennial project, the 2016 NAAS promises to shed critical light on the social, economic, and political life and civic engagement of AAPIs.”

“Funding from the National Science Foundation shows that research on Asian Americans is becoming more of a national priority,” said Janelle Wong, a co-principal investigator on the project.

Researchers will survey approximately 3,600 individuals representing the six largest U.S. Asian ethnic groups, who account for more than 80 percent of Asian American adults – Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, Japanese and Vietnamese. The telephone survey will be conducted in at least 11 languages, which is critical since more than 70 percent of Asian Americans were born outside the United States.

Participants will be asked about personal experiences and attitudes related to immigration to the United States, inter- and intragroup relations and attitudes, civic and political involvementparty affiliation, voting behavior, health and financial status, racial and ethnic identification, discrimination, stereotypes,  beliefs about racial and class-based inequality, and affirmative action.

Rapid growth rate

Between 2000 and 2010, the Asian American population grew at a rate of 46 percent, compared to a 10 percent growth rate for the overall U.S. population. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to exhibit the fastest population growth rates, and now number over 20 million residents, or more than 6 percent of the U.S. population.

Fueling their growth is immigration. China and India are now the top sending countries for immigrants to the United States, moving ahead of Mexico. By 2065, demographers estimate that Asian Americans will comprise about 14 percent of the U.S. population.  As a share of voters, Asian Americans have been the fastest-growing electorate over the last five presidential elections, increasing from 1.7 million voters in 1996 to 3.9 million by 2012.

Accompanying their growth in numbers is their growing diversity. Asian Americans comprise more than 20 distinct ethnic groups and exhibit greater socioeconomic diversity than any other U.S. racial group.

For example, while Indians, Chinese, and Koreans exhibit higher levels of educational attainment than all U.S. groups, including native-born whites, Cambodian, Laotian, and Hmong have lower rates of high school completion than African Americans and Latinos. Immigrants from India and China make up the majority of high-skilled visa holders in the U.S., and these groups not only bring much-needed skills, but also racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity to the U.S., and its STEM and technology sectors.  At the same time, Asian American immigrants also constitute a significant share of low-wage workers concentrated in the restaurant and personal-service industries.

These characteristics make the study of Asian Americans essential to our understanding of social, legal, and economic processes like immigrant and second-generation incorporation, inter- and intra-group attitudes, racial formation and change, and civic and political engagement, Ramakrishnan said

Source: NSF funds extensive survey of Asian Americans | University of California

Ann Coulter Calls Asian-American People “Mandarins” — and Insists She’s Correct

During a Friday night appearance on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, political commentator Ann Coulter used the term “Mandarins” to describe Asian-Americans — and didn’t back down after MSNBC anchor Joy Reid challenged her.

Coulter described a pro-Trump rally in San Diego, California, as being “one of the most diverse crowds anyone has ever seen.” According to Coulter, the crowd comprised of both Latinos — Coulter used the term “Hispanics” — and “Mandarin Chinese with signs for Trump” written in Mandarin.

Coulter also claimed that the “Hispanics” chanted “Build the wall.

Source: Mic/YouTube

When MSNBC anchor Joy Reid challenged Coulter’s repeated use of the term, Coulter sniped back at Reid, saying “You’re not gonna police my language!” 

Coulter once again described the audience as having both “Hispanics” and “Mandarins,” which spurred Reid to respond: “What does ‘Mandarin’ mean? You mean Asian-Americans.”

Reid said Coulter’s use of the term “mandarin” was “throwback language” and “arcane.”

Source: Mic/YouTube

 

Source: Mic/YouTube

As blogger Angry Asian Man points out, Coulter’s use of “Mandarin” is by definition arcane — the term fell out of use in 1912 after China was no longer under imperial rule. 

Angry Asian Man also points out that Coulter seems intent on causing hysteria.

The racial overtones of Coulter’s use of “Mandarins” are crystallized as she continues to pontificate upon the group she is targeting. In naming Asian-Americans “Mandarins,” Coulter also declares us broadly un-American, and warns of an “invasion.”

And also? A dialect is not a person.

Source: Ann Coulter Calls Asian-American People “Mandarins” — and Insists She’s Correct