The Mixed Bag // Issue #10

This week we’re diving into the complexity that can often surround food. What becomes a cultural dish? How can those cultural dishes cause tension between nations? What stereotypes can arise or be perpetuated from certain dishes? How can meals show class disparity? 

We’ve pulled together articles that demonstrate how complicated food can be on a cultural, racial, and socioeconomic level, and how the deeper meaning of food plays out in the news, movies, and in restaurants.

Also, if you liked Issue #08’s content about who gets to publish what stories and about what it means to write characters from perspectives and experiences that aren’t necessarily our/your own, you might enjoy this podcast episode: Call Your Girlfriend's Big Books & The Body Image Babadook, which tackles the same topic.

MODERN WEALTH

When food becomes a way to demonstrate – subtly and not to subtly – modern wealth.

INTO THE KITCHEN 

“Cooking isn’t a luxury; it’s a survival skill,” Laura Shapiro writes in this compelling article as she examines our “heartening and horrifying” relationship with food.

FOOD IN CONTEXT

A complex look at how food can become part of a national identity and what happens when specific dishes are interpreted and adapted by other nations and cultures.

RAM-DON

If you haven’t yet seen Parasite by Bong Joon Ho (winner of Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best International Film at the Academy Awards!), run, don’t walk. In the movie, the affluent Mrs. Park requests her housekeeper, Mrs. Kim, to make Ram-Don, a subtitled translation for jjapaguri. This seemingly simple request is actually more symbolic in showing class disparities. In this article, Dr. Jung-Kim explains why (and bonus: there’s a recipe at the end).

STEREOTYPED

This article examines what happens when a popular food release perpetuates stereotypes and overshadows deeper injustices.

Laura Shapiro The Atlantic quote

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Mixed Feelings

How does food perpetuate stereotypes or class disparities?

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Originally published in the Issue #10: February 28, 2020, newsletter, The Mixed Bag. Sign up to receive weekly newsletters and updates.

March 02, 2020 — Team Talking Louis

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