Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Restaurateur, baker battle anti-Asian racism, try to connect cultures with food."


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette spoke with Noi Chaisri of Thai Me Up and Jasmine Cho on the most recent spasms of anti-Asian racisms and the role of food in bridging divides.
Ms. Chaisri made a sign and put it in the windows of her restaurant, Thai Me Up, on the South Side. It says:

We are not yellow, we are human being

Anti-Asian just f**k off

She knows it’s only a sign, but she just couldn’t keep it inside any longer. She had to strike back after a year in which anti-Asian racism has become an ugly side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.