Not all young New Yorkers are self-absorbed, oblivious to world affairs and unsympathetic to global socio-cultural plights. A grass-roots effort is taking shape in Manhattan.
To protest the 2008 Olympics being hosted by China, thousands of New York City residents have signed an e-mail petition to swear off take-out Chinese food for at least 5 business days.
Said C. Smithington-Russo, "China is one of the world's worst human rights offenders, and I personally wish to send a message of protest in the strongest way I know how - by hitting the Chinese economy where it hurts most - at the cash register. So if skipping a few nights of Moo Shu Pork or Chicken in Garlic Sauce (made not so spicy, please) is the price I must pay, well then, it's my cross to bear."
His next-door neigbor of two years, whom he does not know, Tiffany Rubin-Gonsalves, agrees. "If just half of the residents of our midtown condo joined in this take-out boycott, imagine the impact!
"There are 788 apartments in our building alone. That would voice a huge message to the Chinese. I feel empowered already, and stronger than any Urban Kickboxing class could ever make me."
The owner of the Tibetan restaurant around the corner was unavailable for comment due to a chock-full schedule involving recent expansion efforts.