Chow Ignoring the Obvious
posted by December 25 at 15:00 PMon
On Friday, the Seattle PI wrote an “article” about eating Chinese food on Christmas Day. Yawn. But I like Chinese food, so I read it, and noticed a glaring omission— the article mentions nothing about Jews.
Jews eating Chinese food on Christmas is one of the dominant Jewish stereotypes, like being a lawyer or having a chatty mother. In my family, it was true every year, even though as Jews we were terribly secular. I remember going to Lexington, Massachusetts to Peking Garden every Christmas Day and sharing the room with many Hasids and yarmulkes.
So how could the PI leave this out of their article? The article does allude to differences of religion in this bit:
Those who show up at Chinese restaurants include people who do not celebrate the Christian holiday; businesspeople and international guests from downtown hotels; college students staying in the area and singles looking for a crowded, lively atmosphere.
And it spotlights Christians who choose to celebrate in a Chinese restaurant here:
Families also have moved their Christmas parties from their dining rooms to Chinese restaurants — with customers showing up in red-and-white hats.
This might be taking the theme a little bit too far, but is it possible that the PI left Judaism out of a very bland article because of the recent outburst of anti-Semitism in these parts? This “story” is so devoid of controversy it makes my gums bleed, but would it have hurt the PI’s political correctness to make a brief mention of a perceived Jewish tradition? In the end, I am confused. Pass the shu mai.