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‘Dirty Chinese Restaurant’ Video Game by Markham Developer Causes Outrage [VIDEOS]

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Markham-based developers Big-O-Tree Games and their unreleased iOS and Android title, named Dirty Chinese Restaurant, has caused outrage on both sides of the border, with the game being called racist.

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The premise of the game involves a character named Wong Fu who works in a Chinese restaurant and his goal is to keep the place running, similar to other games like Diner Dash. But Dirty Chinese Restaurant is full of stereotypes, as seen from two trailers released by the developers nearly a year ago.

Wong Fu is required to maintain restaurant traffic, working at ‘sweatshop’ speeds, and deploying cost-saving measures such as running after cats and dogs in the alleyway with a meat cleaver. When it comes to operations, the character needs to gamble, deal with immigration officers, tax evasion and more.

Big-O-Tree Games has a tagline “Because being politically correct is so…boring.” The premise of the game was called out by New York Congresswoman Grace Meng, who shared on Facebook:

“This game uses every negative and demeaning stereotype that I have ever come across as a Chinese American. From the names used for the characters of the game to the types of food they cook to the disturbing depiction of their faces, this game epitomizes racism against Asian Americans,”

According to Global News, the following joint statement was issued by Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism Michael Coteau, Minister of International Trade Michael Chan, MPP Soo Wong and MPP Han Dong:

“Our government condemns racism in all its forms, including negative and demeaning stereotypes that perpetuate racist attitudes and beliefs,”

“Ontario is home to over 700,000 Chinese Canadians who make our province and our country strong. This trailer is a reminder that racism and stereotypes are real, and can have extremely harmful consequences on individuals and communities … Ontario will never support a company or brand that builds its reputation on racism and narrow-mindedness.”

Big-O-Tree games released the following statement regarding their game:

“It has come to our attention that our small, independent game, Dirty Chinese Restaurant,has upset some people due to its content,”

“Our game is mainly satire and comedy influenced by the classic politically-incorrect shows we grew up watching, such as: South Park, All in the Family, Sanford & Son, Family Guy, Simpsons, and Chappelle’s Show. We also listen to Jay-Z. Our game in no way is meant to be an accurate representation of Chinese culture.”

We tried to reach out to Big-O-Tree to ask if this was an actual game or just a concept, but it appears their email has been shut down with the recent negative attention over their game.

While the trailers suggest the title is available in the App Store and Google Play, it’s unavailable for download. Apple told Global they had no knowledge of the app, as surely it would not pass through the app review process based on its objectionable content.

Check out the trailers below:

 

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  • Dominic

    Wow, just wow. It’s unfortunate but a lot of Canadians don’t really give credit to Chinese or more broadly Eastern Asian Canadians for having been a part of our country since it’s « foundation » it’s upsetting that people don’t think before releasing something. And I really don’t think they could defend it in any sort of way as Xenophobia is still an issue in this country.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Hahaha

  • erth

    wow. so this is what kathlene wynne focus’ on….

  • BigCat

    This game should probably go, but I still had a laugh when I saw it. Even though I had a good laugh I still have nothing, but respect for the Chinese Community.

    The definition of racism has become more complicated and in some cases has been overused. Just image if the characters in this game were of African descent.

    I guess the quoted politicians don’t ever watch SNL, Bart Simpson, or Family Guy.

  • Tim

    If it weren’t for the media, I doubt anyone aside from the developers would know this game exists. I for one, will definitely be on the lookout for this one.

  • Mike M

    Too bad they won’t release it, did you see South Park been canceled? Nope, because it’s American made and American careless about racism cartoon

    Chinese people who work at resturaunt, we know what your up to…I went to resturaunt one time, they ONLY accept cash!

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