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“Stop Cooking Your Watered Down Versions of Asian Food”

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

Photo courtesy of the Night + Market website.
Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. Photo courtesy of PBS.
  • Did the person credit or attribute cultural context? For example, “this recipe was inspired by my personal experience related to travels” or “I learned this recipe from my best friend’s grandmother” or “I am grateful to a group of people for their time in teaching me these recipes”. Cue the story of two Portland women closing their business after claims of appropriation.
  • Does this example warrant a public or a private response? Meaning, if the person is simply misguided, should you take the time to educate them as to why it is disrespectful or inappropriate. How can we expect people to learn while they are being sacrificed on the altar of public opinion?
Image courtesy of the Tasting Table.

What’s important, at the end of the day, is that we have empathy, evaluate the intention, make a real effort to listen, ask questions, and be willing to have messy conversations.

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

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