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Issue Number 87
May 2010
 
 
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MOISHE PLOTNIK'S LAUNDRY


Walking through San Francisco's Chinatown, a tourist from the Midwest was fascinated with all the Chinese restaurants, shops, signs and banners.

 

He turned a corner and saw a sign "Moishe Plotnik's Laundry."

 

"Moishe Plotnik?" he wondered. "How does that fit in Chinatown?"

 

So he walked into the shop and saw a regular Chinese laundry. But there were baseball hats, T-shirts and coffee mugs with the logo "Moishe Plotnik's Chinese Laundry".

 

The tourist selected a coffee cup as a conversation piece to take back to his office.

 

Behind the counter was a smiling old Chinese gentleman who thanked him for his purchase.

 

The tourist asked, "Can you explain how this place got a name like "Moishe Plotnik's  Laundry?"

 

The old man answered: "Ahh... Everybody asks me that. It's the name of the owner."

 

Looking around, the tourist asked,”Is he here?"

 

"It is  me," replies the old man.

 

"Really? You're Chinese. How did you  ever get a name like Moishe Plotnik?"

 

"Is  simple.  Many,  many years ago when I came to this country, I was standing in line at the Documentation Center of Immigration. The man in front of me was a Jewish gentleman from Poland. The lady at the counter looked at him and said,

 

What is your name ?" He said,  "Moishe Plotnik." Then she looked at me and said, "What is your name  ?"

 

I  said, "Sam Ting."


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