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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