Between @chandavkl’s recent blog post on how chinese food has defied the odds and sundowning laws and the discussion regarding the use of the term rascism regarding pricing of “ethnic” food, I listened to a fascinating podcast from America’s Test Kitchen this morning on the coordinated efforts (unions, government, media) to kill off the chinese restaurant. I learned about all the anti-chinese/asian immigration laws in this country in Asian american studies in college and how it affected the communities (picture brides etc) but never have heard it presented in relation to chinese restaurants in such a coherent and fascinating way as this podcast did today. In 2019 all of this sounds pretty preposterous, but as @Haeldaur mentions, the roots of these racist practice runs deep.
America’s test kitchen Proof podcast, well worth a listen.
As an aside, the French Laundry’s name is rooted in this as it was an attempt allow unions to boycott Chinese laundry’s.