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On January 9th, I wrote a story titled “Calling Asians Racist Slurs on Fast Food Receipts is Now a National Trend” about a growing number of incidents where fast food workers identify customers on receipts with a racist slur, or in this latest case, a drawing. At places like Starbucks and Jamba Juice the person taking customers’ orders is suppose to ask for the customers name to ensure they get the correct drink in a more efficient manner but as Angryasianman.com reports, that’s not always the case:

Last month at a Starbucks Coffee location in Alpharetta, Georgia, two Korean customers — who are not native English speakers — discovered that their barista had identified them by drawing “chinky eyes” on their drinks. You know, where they usually write your name? OH NO THEY DIDN’T. Yes, they did.

You cannot tell me those are both just two random squiggles on those cups. I’m told that the customers immediately complained to the store manager, who did not defend the drawings or offer some kind of bullshit explanation, but simply apologized. And that’s it. Oh, sorry for the racist way we run our coffee joint.

The caricatures were drawn at a Starbucks in Alpharetta where 72% of the population is white, while Asians make up 13.7 of the population, according to 2010 census data.

—Jorge Rivas, “Starbucks Barista Draws “Chinky Eyes” on Korean-American Customer’s Cup,” Colorlines 2/8/12

From the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC): 
LOS ANGELES – The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, condemns derogatory remarks against Korean Americans expressed by co-host John Kobylt (KFI 640) during the January 5 broadcast of Clear Channel’s “The John and Ken Show.”
 
The press conference was held at the Korean Resource Center, and also included speakers from National  Korean American Service & Education Consortium, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, Korean American Bar Association and the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.
 
Senior Staff Attorney Yungsuhn Park read the following statement:

“As a civil rights organization, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, strongly condemns ‘The John and Ken show’ for its ongoing campaign against immigrants and immigrant communities. The show has targeted innocent individuals and groups, including the Korean American community as well as immigrant rights leaders and organizers.
 
As an organization dedicated to combating injustice and hate against Asian and other immigrant communities APALC is here today to stand in support of the Korean American community and organizations, such as Korean Resource Center, who demand that Clear Channel and KFI AM pull this show from the air. In Southern California, which is home to the largest Korean population outside of Korea and one of the largest and most diverse immigrant communities in the U.S., there is no room for the kind of hateful and divisive rhetoric that the show regularly employs.
 
We also ask the show’s remaining advertisers – which we understand include Chevron, Hyundai North America, and Target — to stop supporting the Ken & John show and to remove their financial support from the show.”
 
APALC is a supporting organization of the “Take John and Ken Off the Air” campaign, which is organized by the National Hispanic Media Coalition.