Food is so important to our clients. It calls up memories of home and is central to identity for all of us. When an employer partner in Austin organized a potluck that included Burmese and Salvadoran food, tensions among team members quickly broke down when they realized how important rice was in both cultures.
Click here to read a Washington Post thought piece about changing attitidues to “ethnic” food from lunch room shaming to foodie trends.
When the reader who recommended it and I read it, we thought it acknowledged the need for more cultural sensitivity about immigrant food ways and traditions. A second generation Chinese-American friend of mine had a different take. “I don’t care why they suddenly decide to like it if it means I can find it to eat in more restaurants.”
What do you think?