California Immigration Officer Bribed With Cash & Egg Rolls, Should Have Held Out for the Shrimp Fried Rice


It’s hard making decisions on an empty stomach. Take it from Southern California immigration officer Mai Nhu Nguyen, who was arrested last month for accepting bribes for $2,000 and 200 egg rolls – all without any shrimp fried rice to wash it down.

According to NBC Los Angeles, Nguyen accepted three separate bribes from immigrants — $2,000 for citizenship in June; $1,100 for a green card in 2011 and 200 egg rolls for citizenship, also in 2011. NBC reports that Nguyen had been working at the Santa Ana, Calif. U.S. Citizenship and Immigrations Service office for the past eight years and can face up to 15 years in federal prison for each count of bribery.

Of course the real travesty here is that Nguyen ever believed the cost of sharing this great nation of ours only amounted to 200 rolls. It’s gotta be, like, at least 500. Plus 50 packs of that sweet chili sauce. And 80 boxes of shrimp fried rice. Come on now, Mai, where’s your capitalist spirit?

H/T NBC LA + PicThx Shop Wisconsin Place

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

2 replies on “California Immigration Officer Bribed With Cash & Egg Rolls, Should Have Held Out for the Shrimp Fried Rice”

Despite the fact that it was never mentioned, you have chosen to insert the phrase “Shrimp Fried Rice” three times in your diminutive commentary, once even in the title. And I have to admit, I can’t think of a single reason why this would be anything other than offensive.

I would have expected a more enlightened approach from someone sporting that particular avatar, but obviously I was wrong, and that the kind of ignorant, pervasive racism that your narrative is rife with, is actually a lot more common than I’d like to think. Especially among those who should know better.

Since you clearly do not understand, I will explain it to you. You used the phrase “Shrimp Fried Rice” as a racial stereotype, nothing else. There was no other reason to insert the narrative other than the fact that you take pleasure in the racist stereotypical connotation. I guess you think it’s funny. The article revolves around a Vietnamese woman and an Asian foodstuff most commonly associated with Chinese Cuisine. Then since there was already the non-deliberate presence of the egg roll stereotype, you decided to just go full bore with your own absolutely deliberate (yet I assume still ignorant) racism and “Shrimp Fried Rice” was the answer to your grammatical prayers.

It would be like someone walking up to James Beard Rising Star Chef-winner, Marcus Samuelsson and asking him repeatedly where the Kool-aid and Chittlins are on the menu. This of course made even more ignorant by the fact that Samuelsson is not American.

There is more than enough deliberate racism out there already, and racism against Asians in the United States is both ever-present and almost universally ignored or socially acceptable. Try not to add anymore racism-by-ignorance to the pile. Better yourself.

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