Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Racist Haagen Dazs Store



I saw this on boingboing.net and couldn't believe it.  If what is stated is actually true... then this reminds me of the no-chinese signs in Manchuria during the chinese occupation from Bruce Lee's Fist of Fury (Chinese Connection).

The inaugural Delhi outlet of Haagen Dazs (A Danish phrase that means, "Made in New Jersey," apparently) opened with a "no Indians allowed" policy. The sign on the door read, "Access restricted only to holders of international passports." After a public hue and cry, the franchise operator (who is Indian) dropped the policy and claimed it had never existed.

I immediately called Ramit. "You are an international traveler, and you have a passport, so you can go in", I said. Ramit's response was instant: I tried to enter but they said you are not allowed for you don't have an international passport.

I wish that some Indian dude would pull out the move that Bruce Lee does here in the Fist of Fury (USA: Chinese Connection)  movie



Here is some history from Wikipedia about the No chinese allowed parks.

The Public Garden was closed to Chinese people between 1890 and 1928, and according to a popular myth, a sign at the park's gate read "No dogs or Chinese allowed". However, there is no evidence that such a sign ever existed. Period photographs show a very different sign, one listing ten regulations, the first of which was "The Gardens are reserved for the Foreign Community", the fourth being "Dogs and bicycles are not admitted".[1] In any case, the banning of Chinese from Huangpu Park and other parks in China has remained in Chinese public mind as one of the many moments of humiliation by the Western powers in the 19th and early 20th century.

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