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News Posted on August 11, 2017

Professor Chin Discusses ‘War against Chinese Restaurants’ on Bob Zadeck Show

Professor Gabriel “Jack” Chin was interviewed on San Francisco station KNEW’s Libertarian talk radio program The Bob Zadeck Show regarding his research article, “The War against Chinese Restaurants.”

The article, co-authored with John Ormonde ‘15 and forthcoming in Duke Law Journal, details a previously little known nationwide “war” on Chinese restaurants, which were considered such a menace that they were boycotted by unions, denied business licenses by cities across the country, and subjected to police harassment and other tactics intended to drive them out of business.

Chin said that unions tried to eradicate Chinese restaurants partly in order to ward off economic competition, but racism also played an important role.

“The problem was they didn’t want to compete against people of a particular race because they thought of America as a white country, as being a place that was specially consecrated for the benefit of white people,” said Chin.

Gabriel "Jack" Chin is Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law and holder of the Edward L. Barrett Endowed Chair at UC Davis School of Law. He is a prolific and much-cited criminal and immigration law scholar whose work has addressed many of the most pressing social issues of our time.