There's a new Chinese food delivery service in Westwood -- home to the UCLA campus -- called Ching Chong Ling Long Gourmet Takeout. It's a collab between The Palace Restaurant in Brentwood and UCLA Munchies, and it's an Asian-run business. Ching Chong Ling Long Gourmet Takeout's name, of course, references ex-UCLA student Alexandra Wallace's YouTube video "Asians in the Library" -- wherein she complained about Asian students talking loudly on their cellphones -- and the delivery service indirectly addresses the name choice with this statement on its website:
We believe that the best way to combat intolerance is through a positive cultural experience mixed in with a healthy serving of humor, and hope that after you try us, you too will feel that way.
Lord knows we couldn't argue with that mission statement. And we did love us some of those "Asians in the Library" parodies and remixes for a minute. But what happens down the road when the video and Alexandra Wallace are ching chong ling long-forgotten?
Seems like that "healthy serving of humor" may only wind up leaving a bad taste in your mouth.