T-Boy, the face of local seafood restaurant Off The Hook, revealed himself to be a warrior Buddhist monk from the temple of Shaolin.
He grew up in China’s Henan province and became facinated with Cajun culture and customs. Even though he had never set foot in the bayou, he felt a spiritual oneness with the rich, diverse peoples of South Louisiana.
After paddling across the Pacific in a hand-carved pirogue, he landed his dream job: he got to dress up like a real cajun and advertise for a delicious, affordable seafood restaurant. He used his zen like focus to stand in traffic for hours at a time, waiving and cheering as motorists honked and applauded.
T-Boy became an instant hit around town, but now that his complicated identity has been revealed, he fears that some people will use his unique, exclusive journey to simply reinforce their own beliefs about culture, politics, equality, and society. Below are comments made regarding the controversy: