Oberlin College students are fuming over the racist food served at the campus dining hall. The food vender at Oberlin (where Michelle Obama was recently awarded an honorary degree) had the audacity to serve the hypersensitive students “cheap imitation” Asian food which they deemed “culturally appropriated.”
Yes, these precious college students are sick of these racist businesses using less expensive and “inauthentic” ingredients to create less costly food in order to turn a profit so they can, you know, create jobs.
A first-year student from Vietnam told Oberlin Review that he was “excited” about the Vietnamese food, but was then immediately disappointed at the racist “cheap imitation” food he was served.
“It was ridiculous,” Nguyen complained. “How could they just throw out something completely different and label it as another country’s traditional food?”
Nguyen proclaimed that the foodservice vendor, Bon Appétit, “has a history of blurring the line between culinary diversity and cultural appropriation by modifying the recipes without respect for certain Asian countries’ cuisines.” He added that the “uninformed representation of cultural dishes has been noted by a multitude of students, many of who have expressed concern over the gross manipulation of traditional recipes.”
A student from China, Prudence Hiu-Ying, also complained that a popular Chinese dish was replaced with “steam-cooked chicken” instead of its typical “fried chicken.”
And do not get them stated on that racist sushi bar.
The sushi is anything but authentic for Tomoyo Joshi, a College junior from Japan, who said that the undercooked rice and lack of fresh fish is disrespectful. She added that in Japan, sushi is regarded so highly that people sometimes take years of apprenticeship before learning how to appropriately serve it.
“When you’re cooking a country’s dish for other people, including ones who have never tried the original dish before, you’re also representing the meaning of the dish as well as its culture,” Joshi asserted. “So if people not from that heritage take food, modify it and serve it as ‘authentic,’ it is appropriative.”
Michile Gross, director of Business Operations and Dining Services, suggested that maybe she could ease the madness by describing the dishes as “what they are” as opposed to “characterizing” them with a “specific name.”
But if we have learned anything from insane college students these days,this will not be enough—it is never enough.
H/T Steven Crowder.
Image (AP): “First lady Michelle Obama speaks after receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities from Oberlin College, Monday, May 25, 2015, in Oberlin, Ohio.”