Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mr Wasabi: a crunchy, spicy and racist snack for the whole family

One of the blogs I've really been feeling recently is Sociological Images. Came across this interesting article about someone discovering the below product, Mr Wasabi snacks, and the exchange that followed with the manufacturer when she complained about the racial stereotyping used in the packaging.

A big deal over nothing? Well, I can accept some of the cliched stereotypes of Japaneseness used here (the whole samurai get up, for example), but the ultra-slanty eyes and buck teeth? That's too far. Particularly the buck teeth. I mean seriously, how many buck-toothed Asians do you meet these days?

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