Brian Rogers 
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Re: “Cooking Other People's Food: How Chefs Appropriate Bay Area 'Ethnic' Cuisine

I appreciate Luke's reviews and articles, not that I always agree with him. If the point of this article was to expose "whitewashed" ethnic cuisine, perhaps he shouldn't have used Asians (hapa Korean guy and Japanese woman) cooking kebabs as an example. Just about every country/culture has it's version of kebabs or meat on a stick. And yes that includes Europeans/white people: Greeks, Italians, Serbs, Russians, etc... You know parts of Europe were once parts of the Ottoman, and Persian empires, and that influenced the cuisine. I get the whitewashing complaint. I'm a white guy, but I was annoyed when they cast Tilda Swinton (still a great actress) to play 'The Ancient One' in 'Doctor Strange'. But as far as "cooking other peoples' food goes": If I'm having dinner in a Korea town restaurant, frankly I don't give a shit if the cook is Mexican, as long as the food tastes good. But that's never a complaint, only when a gringo cooks ethnic food does it become "cultural appropriation". It seems that term has become a default negative in the minds of some of my fellow liberals. I suppose I shouldn't celebrate lunar new year with my Asian family, because it's cultural appropriation. Give me a break. People migrate, cultures and cuisines mix. Having said all that, If white rock star chefs insist on opening these ethnic restaurants, I prefer they at least employ some Thai (as an example) cooks and staff. When I go to a Chinese restaurant, and there's a white waitress who can't speak a word of Chinese, I'm not going to trust the food.

Posted by Brian Rogers on 09/28/2016 at 11:11 AM

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