It's been more than a week since California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that prohibits the sale of shark fins, the primary ingredient in traditional Chinese shark fin soup. The soup is a luxury item, long considered a delicacy in China and among Chinese immigrants in the U.S.
Since talk of a ban began, it's been a divisive topic within the state's Chinese diaspora, even among children and grandchildren of immigrants. Some favor the ban because it protects sharks from being killed by "finning," while others insist the ban is discriminatory.
In an essay in the Alhambra Source, Lillian Li Ting Ma writes about her first taste of shark fin soup while in Shanghai with her father. She's not a fan of the soup, nor are many younger Chinese, she writes, but the ban still rubs some who don't care for shark fin soup the wrong way. From the piece: