There was a nice spread of Trader Joe’s in the back room at the Littlefield show. I couldn’t tell if this bag of “Oriental Rice Crackers” sounded racist —the Oriental part or the Crackers? I feel like everyone learned that “Oriental” was a racist word from Pam on the third season of The Real World. I always called myself “Oriental” as a kid, but was ashamed when I learned I was racist. I hate racists and hate being called one. Self-hating racist? That’s so meta.

I know these crackers don’t mean any mal-intent. But is it better to call them “Chinese Rice Crackers”? Sounds better to my ear. But they taste more Japanese.

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Jason Lam

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