It should not matter to anyone living in the freest nation on earth where you come from. That is the entire idea behind freedom here.
Here is what I learned on the radio today. The San Francisco Chronicle hired a new food critic. Her name is Soleil Ho. (I mean no disrespect but found I needed to add “Miss” to her name for readability. NinaOnFood.)
Miss Soleil Ho is boastful about being THE Expert Cultural Appropriation Sheriff in town. The Chronicle agrees!
Boy, does she have a chip on her shoulder!
21st Century Paranoia About . . . Cuisine? Give Me A Break!
Writing about recipes and ingredients should be off-limits to social justice platitudes and threats.
Here is what I consider a threat:
“If a radio program is about Mexican food, then a person from that culture should be the one chosen to discuss it. Otherwise, it is misappropriation. “ (Paraphrased.) Miss Soleil Ho on KQED radio Forum December 18, 2018.
Earth to miss Ho: Julia Child was not French yet she hosted “Bon Appetite” and authored cookbooks on the subject. Would Child be accepted in this ice-cold Utopian environment of today’s young people?
In the early days of this country, finding food from your particular ethnic recipes was somewhat difficult. But nobody launched websites about it. In particular, they were not taken seriously if they demanded the “right” to it.
What Can Possibly Go Wrong With Demanding Cultural Appropriation in Food?
Real example. I know of a Mexican family that runs a Greek restaurant. What do impossible Utopians like Miss Ho want to do with this family?
Fair Warning to Cultural Utopians
Do you think it cruel to inform Ms. Ho that The Mexican Race is nonexistent? New York Times – Genetically There’s No Such Thing As A Mexican. The citizens of Mexico are mostly of Spanish European ancestry, i.e., White.
Never Trust A Food Critic!
Quotes by Miss Soleil Ho. She is so self-convinced of her original thinking!!
(1) “Food is so much more than sustenance. It’s political, it’s cultural, it’s personal, and I want to learn about how others experience the things they eat.”
(2) “A lot of my work is focused on how we can use food to talk about bigger issues—racism, sexism, sexual harassment, identity—[…] at the center of so many global trends and power dynamics when you think about colonialism . . .
“If you look past the existing narratives about you can see so many things at play and so many people jockeying for control over the narrative.”
But Can She Cook?
I wonder if Miss Ho knows how to cook. Is she another Food Critic Fraud like played by actress Barbara Stanwick in “Christmas In Connecticut?”
Plot: A renowned magazine food critic known for her holiday meal planning and exceptional knowledge of cuisines is actually a fraud and cannot even boil an egg or make scrambled eggs.
More reading from the Utopian Planners for a world I do not identify with:
What’s Wrong with Cultural Appropriation? Everydayfeminist.