Crime writers Eve Fisher and Mary Fernando have written about bigotry and touched upon prejudice against Asians. A farmer in rural Minnesota demonstrated one way to mitigate the problem.
I lived in a state forest near Big Lake, Minnesota, one of many villages near the upper Mississippi River, all grown up now into a city. Not many eateries fed travellers along Hiway 10, and it didn’t help the main diner closed and was sold to an Asian family.
|Big Lake, Minnesota © Wikipedia|
In town one day, my neighbor Bud announced several of us must go to lunch at the newly reopened diner. One bigmouth said he wasn’t gonna et no Viet Congo victuals.
Bud said, “They’re Korean and it’s damn good food.”
“Don’t care. Who knows what they put in it?”
At that point I suggested, “Garlic, ginger, onion…”
Neighbor Bud wasn’t a fragile flower. He said, “Way I figure it, you got a choice between stupid and hungry, or well-fed and wise. Whizzit gonna be?”
Bigmouth grudgingly came along with a group of us, grumbling the whole way.
“Order steaks,” Bud suggested.
Bigmouth stared at everything suspiciously, mumbling under his breath. When the steaks arrived, he sniffed it. He poked at it with his fork in case it wasn’t dead. To be sure, he stabbed it with a knife.
Then he took a bite. He chewed. And another bite. He stopped grumbling. He ate everything, everything on his plate.
Leaning back, he patted his stomach and said, “God-blessed-durn, that was the best steak I ever et. I wonder what they put in it?”
Bud said, “Garlic, ginger…”
Bigmouth not only became a fan of the diner, he became friends with the family.
Every town needs a Bud. And a great Oriental restaurant.
As mentioned in the opening paragraph, Big Lake is all grown up into a city, one I wouldn’t recognize nor find my way around. But a local web site demonstrates a decided hostility I can’t account for.
Searching for a picture of the town, I came across BigLake.com where, at the bottom of the home page, I found one of the weirdest legal statements ever, complete with a fat, yellow acknowledgement button:
|Due to GDPR,
residents of the EU are STRICTLY
FORBIDDEN from using this site.
18 USC § 1030 (a)(2)(C)
Why should a burg in Minnesota care, let alone disapprove, that Europe values the privacy of its citizens? Clearly the programming muggle has no understanding of Europe’s data protection regulations or United States Criminal Code or United States Uniform Commercial Code regarding fraud. How very, very peculiar.
But if that Asian restaurant is still around, try the Steak Korean.