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Asian food authenticity in Oberlin

Asian Night Market, Oberlin

Bengaluru, Dec 12 (UITV): Asia Night Market, it was created to host night market at Oberlin (is a city in Lorain County, Ohio, United States), similar to ones in Asia, with food and entertainment. This event is, so far, the only opportunity for collaboration between many of the student organizations that span the Asian Diaspora community on campus.

The student organizations will prepare traditional food from their respective countries of origin in order to share the role food plays in informing their cultural identities with the campus community.

In Oberlin’s annual December tradition, students of Asian and Pacific Islander (API) heritage celebrate their culture and cuisine.

API students organized panels, lectures, and participatory events in recent years to bridge the gap between consumption and understanding the food served at Asia Night Market.

On Nov. 29th, the Pan-Asian Committee arranged a panel titled “What is Authentic? Investigating Asian Diasporic Food” to allow guests to learn about Asian food and culture.

At Asia Night Market there was a scandal about allowing white people to perform Taiko if they were in the club, even though they’re not Asian and a separate issue when they were Asian but not Japanese.

Asian Night Market is very useful too for non-Asian audiences to know when it’s appropriate to try to make food.

API students are allowed to learn about each other’s cuisines and heritages.

One of the issues discussed at the event addressed inter-Asian cultural ignorance and how the misunderstanding among Asian cultures is different from that between Eastern and Western cultures, notably because of racial legacies.

There would be no cultural exchange between API and white people if there is racism.

Listening to students’ experiences with food and culture at the panel would be inspirational.

The panel was ultimately geared toward informing white audience, but disappointing thing is that there weren’t a lot of white people in the audience because the purpose of the panel was to educate them about issues.

Written by Adithya Dithu