Oh, Lena Dunham. You for real?
The Girls star recently sat down with Food & Wine magazine to talk about her alma mater, Oberlin College. Seems random, right? Well it all ties in to food (not wine) because Lena talked about supporting Oberlin’s cause of calling out the “insensitive” use of Japanese food on the campus.
The actor/writer said:
“There are now big conversations at Oberlin, where I went to college, about cultural appropriation and whether the dining hall sushi and banh mi disrespect certain cuisines. The press reported it as, ‘How crazy are Oberlin kids?’ But to me, it was actually, ‘Right on.'”
The protest, which began in November, argued that the way Vietnamese and Japanese dishes were prepared were done so in”disrespectful” ways. One woman, Clover Lihn Tran, wrote that Bon Appétit, the food service vendor:
“has a history of blurring the line between culinary diversity and cultural appropriation by modifying the recipes without respect for certain Asian countries’ cuisines. This 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.”
Yeah, but doesn’t college food disrespect EVERY cuisine, equally? I feel like part of the college experience is choking down some bad pasta dish, or burrito, or…banh mi. Hey, at least Oberlin has banh mi!
What do YOU think of the protest?