Since the 19th century, many Asian fusion restaurants have been taking advantage of Chinese food's growing popularization in the United States by modifying it in a negative way and claiming that the food they make is authentic. The misrepresentation of the food from my culture thus leads to people's confusion and judgements toward the authenticity of Chinese restaurants. The purpose of my project Not My Chinese Food is to raise people's awareness on the various Asian stereotypes and the cultural appropriation toward Chinese food by trivializing and revealing the absurdity of the racist packaging in addition to certain Americanized-Asian dishes. The multiple products in this project include posters and everyday life objects such as stickers, buttons, tote bags and 3D printed toys.
An Asian’s Take on Why Cultural Appropriation of Food Is Offensive