Applebee’s Racial Salad

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

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I don’t know… maybe I am truly an activist at heart. In some ways, all activists have some sense of justice built in their disposition. I am also fully aware that what I am about to write is probably rooted in some deep emotional scar when I was 7 years old or something… blah, blah.

I think growing up with racism for most of my life I understand when people seem overly sensitive about certain comments and silent innuendos when it comes to race.

It has always surprised me that out of all the minorities in America, Asians are usually the quiet ones when it comes to offenses made by the white majority. I don’t know how many times where the people of the Asian descent remained quiet when there were some offenses towards the Asian race. This, in a strange way, perpetuates a certain stereotype of Asians and I have seen too many Asians being taken advantage of.

All this is a precursor to what happened this week. On Wednesday, I went to Applebee’s for a lunch appointment. To my chagrin, I was annoyed to see that on their menu they had a salad called, Oriental Chicken Salad. Now, I know that not everyone will agree with me on this one, but it is pretty disturbing in our day and age when we have people still using that word – outside of an Oriental rug. Most restaurants that I know of have caught up with the cultural gap and are calling it Asian Chicken Salad or Mandarin Chicken Salad.

Wikipedia writes,

“Random House’s Guide to Sensitive Language states ‘Other words (e.g., Oriental, colored) are outdated or inaccurate.’ This Guide to Sensitive Language suggests the use of ‘Asian or more specific designation such as Pacific Islander, Chinese American, [or] Korean.’ Merriam-Webster describes the term as ‘sometimes offensive,’ Encarta states that when the term is used as a noun it is considered ‘a highly offensive term for somebody from East Asia.’

I am not saying that I am on a mission or a crusade. But, simply, I feel like as an Asian-American, I need to break out of the stereotypes and speak up. Therefore, I did something pro-active. I contacted Applebee’s and got a hold of their corporate office. I wrote them a long letter stating my disappointment (it was very respectful).

Now we will wait a few months and see what happens to that Oriental rabbit food.

2007 Single Adults Retreat

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

Tomorrow we will have our annual Single Adult Retreat. First of all, the semantics of calling a 20 or 30 something a “single adult” or “young adult” need to be cleared up. In fact, I wrote an entry a year ago laying down the reasons why in HMCC we call people in the 20-30’s single adults rather than young adults. You can read it here.

Secondly, as we are getting ready for the retreat, I believe that God has a unique plan for the single adults in our church and throughout the nation. As many of you know, this is one population of people that are growing every year. There is so much God can do in them and through them. I am praying that the single adults in our church will catch the fire and the vision for transformation.

I can’t wait to participate with the single adults tomorrow at the retreat. It is going to be a blast building relationships with one another and most of all with God. The theme of the retreat is: Wholly Devoted.

I don’t think anyone who was wholly devoted to God in the Bible or throughout history failed to see God use them in a powerful way. Lord we are Yours!

David Crowder Band sings the song, “Wholly Yours.” The lyrics go like this:

I am full of earth
You are heaven’s worth
I am stained with dirt, prone to depravity
You are everything that is bright and clean
The antonym of me
You are divinity
But a certain sign of grace is this
From a broken earth flowers come up
Pushing through the dirt

You are holy, holy, holy
All heaven cries “Holy, holy God”
You are holy, holy, holy
I wanna be holy like You are

You are everything that is bright and clean
And You’re covering me with Your majesty
And the truest sign of grace was this
From wounded hands redemption fell down
Liberating man

You are holy, holy, holy
All heaven cries “Holy, holy God”
You are holy, holy, holy
I want to be holy like You are

But the harder I try the more clearly can I feel
The depth of our fall and the weight of it all
And so this might could be the most impossible thing
Your grandness in me making me clean

Glory, hallelujah
Glory, glory, hallelujah
You are holy, holy, holy
All heaven cries “Holy, holy God”
You are holy, holy, holy
I want to be holy God

So here I am, all of me
Finally everything
Wholly, wholly, wholly
I am wholly, wholly, wholly
I am wholly, wholly, wholly Yours

I am wholly, wholly Yours

If you want to read what inspired this song for David Crowder, read it here.