(Lyn Garner’s article appeared in the Guardian, 8/12.)
In the kitchen of the Golden Dragon restaurant and takeaway, a crisis is unfolding. While the customers concentrate on making their choices from the extensive menu, behind the scenes where the food is prepared, a young Chinese kitchen-hand is experiencing agonising toothache. Going to the dentist is out of the question, because the boy is an illegal immigrant; someone who, because he is not seen, simply doesn't exist. Not to the authorities, and not to those who use the restaurant but never see beyond the numbered dishes.