We thank our readers for sharing their views.
The language used in this article, from ‘exotic’ to ‘Far East’ and the unappealing nature of the word ‘blob’ to describe a drink well-known to many Asians and Asian-Americans unintentionally alienates this population from reading this article. It highlights otherness rather than uniqueness, defines familiarity through a nondiverse lens, and for me evokes the unpleasant feelings of being the kid in a nondiverse neighborhood bringing ‘weird’ lunches to school.
A worker preparing a drink at a Gong Cha bubble tea shop, one of eight in New York City. Credit… Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times Aug. 17, 2017 The Reader Center is a newsroom initiative that is helping The Times build deeper ties with our audience.
Ellen Pollock, our Business editor, has responded to readers who voiced criticism over our recent story on bubble tea.
Our Readers new york times bubble tea article Call Us Out Over Bubble Tea. They Are Right.
This is how one reader, Bo Hee Kim, new york times bubble tea article very thoughtfully put it:
We published a feature article on Thursday about bubble tea becoming “mainstream,” which drew criticism from readers on two fronts.
Other readers thought we described the drink, which was created in Taiwan, as strange and alien, and especially took us to task for the use of the word “blobs.”
Some thought that the article read as though we had just discovered bubble tea.
The reader complaints have merit. In retrospect, we wish we had approached the topic differently . There may be a story in the expansion of bubble tea businesses in the United States, but there is no denying the drink has been around for quite a while. And we regret the impression left by some of the original language in the article, which we have revised in light of the concerns. does tetley green tea reduce weight