Saturday, December 19, 2015

Everyone Complains About Cafeteria Food

But Oberlin College's social justice warriors are reaching new levels. From 12/18/15 New York Post:
Students at an ultra-liberal Ohio college are in an uproar over the fried chicken, sushi and Vietnamese sandwiches served in the school cafeterias, complaining the dishes are “insensitive” and “culturally inappropriate.”

Gastronomically correct students at Oberlin College — alma mater of Lena Dunham — are filling the school newspaper with complaints and demanding meetings with campus dining officials and even the college president.

General Tso’s chicken was made with steamed chicken instead of fried — which is not authentically Chinese, and simply “weird,” one student bellyached in the Oberlin Review.

Others were up in arms over banh mi Vietnamese sandwiches served with coleslaw instead of pickled vegetables, and on ciabatta bread, rather than the traditional French baguette.

“It was ridiculous,” gripes Diep Nguyen, a freshman who is a Vietnam native.

Worse, the sushi rice was undercooked in a way that was, according to one student, “disrespectful” of her culture. Tomoyo Joshi, a junior from Japan, was highly offended by this flagrant violation of her rice. “I f people not from that heritage take food, modify it and serve it as ‘authentic,’ it is appropriative,” she said.
Appropriative is term used now when you try to adopt something of another culture.  I thought that was a sign of respect for other cultures.


  1. First yoga, now food. Soon we won't be able to eat spaghetti!

  2. They all had better stop using the English language. Think of all the words English has appropriated over its imperialistic tyrannical existence.

  3. What would be acceptable food? Nothing appropriative of any European culture, surely.
    That cuts out hamburger, French toast, as Jim said, no spaghetti or other European-derived pasta, no steaks, chops, ribs, chicken, or anything from a cow, pig or sheep, because those animals came from Europe, and appropriating from them is just as bad as stealing from any other culture besides being racist Eurocentrism.
    And no potato, squash, tomato, corn or grain such as amaranth, as that is appropriating from the Native Americans, or whatever our Ivory Tower anointed ones want to call them this month.
    I don't know what they should eat, then. Maybe Oberlin should prorate a refund based on what the students have paid for the semester or year so far, and the picky political eaters can forage in town.
    The University isn't their mothers, after all, trimming the crusts, cutting up the steak and making sure it's the correct brand of cheese or bread.

  4. Then the cafeteria (whoops, not an American word) should stop serving anything that is not 100% American.

    If they can figure out what that might be.