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Why I am Tired of Hearing About P.F. Chang, Pei Wei and Panda Express as a Chinese American

by Chris Kondracki
Chris Kondracki is back! After debuting the first episode of AKIN’s S.O.S. (Sauce on the Side). Chris still has something to say about his experience when dealing with his upbringing with traditional Chinese food and chain Chinese restaurants who advertise themselves as such.

”It’s worth noting that all the founders of P.F Chang’s, Pei Wei, and Panda Express are either White or Chinese American. Also, more fun, not a single person on the executive board of Pei Wei is of Asian descent (they purposely try to hide this on their website).”

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