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An unpopular opinion on the double standard in cultural appropriation and authenticity of food.

I am not a philosopher, sociologist or anthropologist. The other day, I was swimming along the usual social media waters when a Korean content producer I admired commented ‘you need to stop cooking your watered down versions of Asian food. It’s not authentic.’ This caught me by surprise.

Authenticity is subjective and acts as the foundation of the cultural appropriation argument. Today, it’s taboo to challenge any claims of cultural appropriation. Sticking your neck out with a different way of seeing things has consequences — any counter arguments are automatically seen as a defense to capitalism and Western civilization. The concern I have is that we are becoming if not are already so obsessed with identity that we are no longer inclusive, only exclusive and divisive.


Erica Lovelace Cooks

Hapa Southerner living in San Francisco | North Beach. Documenting recipes, collecting cookbooks, and writing. Marketing by day.

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