Owner Of Chink’s Steaks Yields To Pressure, Will Change Shop Name

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To a steak shop in Philadelphia‘s Wissinoming section that remains pretty much as it was when it opened 64 years ago, big change is coming Monday.

Chink’s Steaks on Torresdale Avenue is taking on a new name: Joe’s Steaks & Soda Shop.

Some will consider it a long-overdue act of racial sensitivity at a business whose name – the founder’s nickname since childhood and a slur against Chinese – has drawn fire from Asian Americans.  Others no doubt will protest the switch, including regulars who have griped about any shift in how things are done at the retro-1950s eatery, even the addition of french fries to the menu about four years ago.

Some might even think it’s an April Fool’s prank.  But this is no joke.

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Pittsburgh Sees Asian Population Increase

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Locator map of the Greater Pittsburgh metro area in the western part of the of . Red denotes the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area, and yellow denotes the New Castle Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Pittsburgh-New Castle CSA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When Deepti Alampally moved here from India four years ago, she didn’t have to explain where she was going.

“Everyone back home knows about Pittsburgh,” Ms. Alampally said.

She said Pittsburgh is famous among Hindus because its three rivers make it a holy city in the religion. It’s fitting, then, that Pittsburgh is home to nearly 15,000 South Asians, according to 2010 Census data. In total, nearly 50,000 Asians and Asian-Americans live in the Pittsburgh metro area — making them the second-largest minority group after African-Americans, and ahead of Hispanics.

That puts Pittsburgh right in line with the national trend, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.

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