Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Backlash over ‘racist’ theme of new Sydney bar

A NEW Sydney bar and restaurant has come under fire for its “sexy pre-war Shanghai” theme as social media users flood the business’ Facebook page with accusations of racism and cultural appropriation.

Suey Sins, a new bar and restaurant in Surry Hills, only opened its doors for business this morning but has already received a barrage of criticism over its name, traditional qipaos as staff uniforms, and theme.

The critics claimed the venue was glamorising the dark reality of Chinese culture during the British colonial era and “continuing negative colonial ideologies”, and “racist fetishisation of a marginalised women [sic] for a dollar”.

“Mind explaining the brilliant idea of blending “sins” and “chop suey” to come up with the name?” one person asked. “Mind explaining this incredibly obvious perpetuation of the longstanding stereotype of Asian women as exotic sex toys?”

Another social media user wrote: “The creepy concept of this bar makes my skin crawl. “The gross cultural appropriation is abhorrent and they also refer to “geisha chicks” in at least one of their posts while dressing their white staff in qipao as though Asian cultures are all the same. Ugh.”

In a press release, venue owner Eli West said the bar was named after “a famous Shanghai call girl ... a quintessential icon of the ‘Shanghai Naughties’.”

“I have spent most of my life travelling in Indonesia, and have some Chinese heritage and I like to think I may be related to a character very similar to Suey Sin,” Ms West wrote.

“I love the idea of this seductive, alluring woman who had old world charm and poise but also knew exactly what she wanted and how to get it. I see a bit of that in myself and the young women who will drink here.” understands Suey Sin was a Chinese woman working in the film industry — and not as a call girl or pre-war — in Los Angeles in the 1920s.

The venue also features a collage of Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong who, during her illustrious career, was passed over for a role playing a Chinese woman by MGM in 1935 in favour of German actress, Luise Rainer, according to

Venue management responded to the backlash on their Facebook page but has not yet responded to requests for comment from media.

“We acknowledge and understand that there has been some criticism surround Suey Sins,” the statement read.

“It has never been our intention to offend. We simply sought to create a venue that focuses on delicious Asian fusion inspired street style food and creative beverages for all to enjoy.”



Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Here come the snowflakes and hear them whine nothing else just whining WHINE,WHINE,WHINE maybe they should return to the Whine Cellar where they came from

Anonymous said...

It is interesting that these progressives believe that Chinese women were worse off in colonial times than under the Marxist regime in China today. That is so farcical it beggars belief.


Anonymous said...

If you don't like the theme of this establishment, just don't go there and STFU.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the wearing of distinctive national costume by people not of that nationality is not a compliment but some type of insult...???
For the record, I have no problem with anyone wearing whatever the hell Australia's national costume is.

Stan B said...

It is "cultural appropriation" for these whingers to be so offended on behalf of another culture! That, my friends, is an AMERICAN thing, and I'm highly offended that other countries have started taking our whining habits and using them for their own purposes!

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

A pecial vegan restruant for whining liberals THE SNOWFLAKE its sign shows a snowflake with a sniveling human face

Anonymous said...

More PC bullshit. When can we finally shut down the PC industry?