Remember Lena Dunham and “culturally appropriated” foods?

From Lauren Spagnoletti at PJ Media:

8 ‘Culturally Appropriated’ Foods That Are Actually American

Not long ago, actress Lena Dunham made headlines when she supported students from her alma mater, Oberlin College, who were upset that the school cafeteria was “culturally appropriating” sushi. Huh? The group accused the dining hall of disrespecting foreign cuisines. But food was meant to be enjoyed, wasn’t it? And one could hardly expect that a college cafeteria would be serving authentic ethnic dishes, anyway. At least that wasn’t the case when I was in college. Since America is known for “fusion,” why all the drama?

It turns out that there are several well-known dishes that one would think originated in other countries and cultures, but that were actually conceived of right here in the USA. As Fox News explains, you probably wouldn’t have even guessed some of them:

1. The California Roll

This “sushi staple” was created in North America. “Japanese chef Hidekazu Tojo studied the craft of sushi making in Osaka before immigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 1971. Tojo realized that most Westerners did not eat raw fish or enjoy the taste of seaweed. More.

Reality check: Worries about cultural appropriation are for losers anyway Winners want their culture appropriated. I wish that the Saskatoon berry had achieved the status in the United States that Canadian bacon has. If we could get top chefs to insist that only the Saskatoon berry makes the cut for a certain dish, Saskatchewan folk could be retailing stuff they can now barely market at tourist kiosks for US$10 a jar.

By the way, where do I remember Lena Dunham from? Oh yes: Fake rape claims at Rolling Stone

Just the culture heroine everyone needs.

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Saskatoon berries grow in Manitoba, too.

    • El Martyachi

      They’ll get no quarter when the revolution arrives! #Mantario

    • Saskatoon got the name. Just like Canada got “Canadian” bacon.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Didn’t care what they were called when I was picking them off the trees in South Fort Garry in the summertime.

    • UCSPanther

      They grow in BC as well. I have seen Saskatoon bushes throughout the backwoods in the Rockies.

    • Alain

      I remember them growing wild in Cape Breton, but locally they were called Indian Pears.

      • Clausewitz

        Grow in Labrador as well. There they call them cloud berries for some reason.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Now I know what is being discussed. I have eaten cloud berries. The name fascinated my wife.

  • ntt1

    Anybody able to dimly remember Vancouver beer halls of the 70s might even admit to blearily chowing down on a soggy cubanette AKA the desperate dinner, “cubanette ready to go ! pick it up at the bar” and several lost drunks would amble to the service area to argue over who actually ordered the treat. After about a dozen drafts they weren’t bad. Now we find out it was cultural appropriation, seems indians used to order them too would that count?

    • canminuteman

      I have no idea what a cubanette is. I googled it and your comment here was the number one hit on the subject. I am still no wiser. What is a cubanette?

      • ntt1

        It was a cuban hero type sandwich re heated in a toaster oven behind the bar, it was wrapped in a heat proof cellophane wrapper so that when you got it, it was steaming hot mess of salami and some kind of cheese. it was always soggy from all the steam. I have heard of people eating two in a row but its kinda unlikely..

  • barryjr

    Thank you for not posting a picture of Lena Dunham

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Or Amy Schumer.

      • Justin St.Denis

        Or any other celebrity fat chick.

  • simus1

    No! No! You don’t understand.
    Counterfeit cultural appropriation is even more racist when white people refuse to eat the real thing.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The writer admits that pizza actually originated in Naples, even though there are many American variations and the best pizza is found in New York, so I would scratch that from the list. On the other hand, I would add the following:

    Chow mein, chop suey and Chinese eggrolls were all created by Chinese immigrants trying to make do with produce found here.

    Chili con carne originated in Texas as prison food. Chili powder is an American invention.

    Vichyssoise is the invention of an early 20th Century chef at the Waldorf Astoria and is nowhere found in France.

    Seltzer (carbonated water) was invented by the great chemist Joseph Priestly in his Pennsylvania lab after he had to flee England because of his freethinking religious beliefs and was given asylum here.

    • Justin St.Denis

      And I seem to remember reading that pasta originated in Polynesia before it was embraced and gloified by the Italians.

  • Frances

    Is it racist to refuse to culturally appropriate sharia law, FGM, etc.?