Some Messy History Behind A Fight Over A Restaurant Called 'Chop Chop Chinaman'

March 26, 2015 4:00 PM

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Over in Chicago, a restaurant called Chop Chop Chinaman has been getting a lot of heat for its name. In February, Chicago-area resident Jeannie Harrell was arrested for scrawling "F*** this hate crime s***. It's 2015" in lipstick on the restaurant's window, right next to the shop's decal sticker of a rickshaw and a man wearing a triangular hat. Harrell, who is half Japanese and was raised in Tokyo, was charged with criminal damage to property after cops found tweets in which detailed her decision to write the message.

Since then, reviewers on Yelp and many others have come to Harrell's defense, saying the restaurant's name offensive. But Larry Lee, who's Chinese-American and one of the restaurant's public-facing employees, says he doesn't have a problem it.

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