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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Chinese Restaurant Stereotypes in Movies

Great blog post!

Why Everyone Films At The Same Damn New York Chinese Restaurant - Scouting New York h/t cinemablend.com

I did not realize Chinese restaurants are stereotyped in film.

The stereotype:
  • Red Walls
  • Intricate Wood
  • Booths
  • Paper Lanterns
  • Dark
  • Ability to easily hold a conversation
  • Waiters in Chinese costumes
Reality:
  • Lots of light - Good Feng Shui
  • White Walls
  • Crowded with people and tables
  • Noisy with cell phones, iPads, and super loud talking.
  • Mostly modern and minimalistic
  • Usually has a flat screen TV on the wall playing
  • Typical uniform is a white shirt / blouse, with black pants / skirt.
  • Some restaurants now wear ear pieces

MIB III Chinese Restaurant


 



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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about poorly maintained restrooms in Chinese restaurants? Both stereotype and reality all in one.

January 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Ray said...

50 I Agree 100%. I have seen some strange ones. There is one in Monterey Park where they did the frosted glass look on the bathroom door, except the glass was a bit transparent. The fix was to put paper over it.

Another one in Arcadia I was at last week, the bathroom stall door looked like something out of a airplane. And of course it would not close.

January 16, 2013 at 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget the unpleasant noise in Chinese restaurants coming from rowdy children and from busboys clearing tables (slamming dirty plates, chopsticks, bowls, teacups, and glasses into the tubs on carts)

January 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Ray Ritchey said...

The worst noise experience I had was 2 weeks ago where a table had an iPad, and where sharing some type of video with the sound turned up. I could hear it across the restaurant. Cleaning tables noise is usual.

January 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM  

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