Adventures in Cultural Appropriation, Part II

    (Part 1 is here.)

    Made in America: How four iconic dishes with roots in other lands tell a story of immigration and transformation

    by Tim Carmen & Shelly Tan @, Oct. 11

    Spaghetti and meatballs, chile con queso, gumbo and the California roll have become American icons. Their journey to that point is one of immigration and transformation.


    They've wiped Gen X off the map - kinda like Queen Elizabeth hanging around too long and Charles never getting to become king. The 3 main Dem candidates are *early* Boomers along with the fuckwad GOP president. I thought it okay tharlt people don't have to retire at 65, but that didn't mean I wanted them *running* everything. "Eat the rich" => "Eat the old" - a shame really, but it's their own fault. And the damn spineless aimless millennials - "there's an app/platform for that" - oh really?

    As a white guy with the gene to digest lactose I only eat race appropriate foods, milk and cheese products.

    Okay you made me laugh

    But then the cynical me thought that saying that is probably just a practiced ruse you use to pick up leftie cisgender womyn on the internet

    In a way, yes. I tend to make a lot of jokes. Many of them weird that a lot of people don't get. But most of the women I've been with told me one reason they were with me was I made them laugh.

    And Brussels Sprouts aren't from Brussels. In fact one of our strangest culinary stories is a huge case of plant appropriation - a wild Col. Mustard whodunnit:

    Knockoffs also include collard greens and gai lan (Chinese broccoli).


    More detail for the curious:

    This artist/collector is pro-appropriation:

    Q: The time span between early African art and contemporary art is wide. Do artists today appreciate traditional African art?

    A: Certainly I believe a handful do care about, study and are somewhat influenced by African art, particularly masks. And I feel I’m following in the footsteps of artists like Gauguin, Picasso, Modigliani, Klee, Matisse and, more recently, Bacon and Basquiat, who were emotionally connected to and influenced by traditional African art.


    Caption: Olusanya Ojikutu at his house in Bowie, Md., with, left,
    a detail of one of his own paintings, “Labyrinth of Imagination”
    (2015), and right, a painting on a wood pallet by Dapo Ojoade.
    Credit...Emma Howells for The New York Times

    ‘Love at First Sight’ Inspired This African Art Collection

    Olusanya Ojikutu, who has origins in Nigeria and education and experience in art, shares treasures of African culture and history.

    By Audrey Hofer @, Dec. 25, 2019

    BOWIE, Md. — The white living room in Olusanya Ojikutu’s home, with its soaring cathedral ceiling, is a temple to his traditional and contemporary African art. Sculptures bookend the sofa, paintings and prints decorate the walls and the overall atmosphere is one of beauty, historic grandeur and repose.

    Most of Ojikutu’s sculptures are at least a century old, created for performances or rituals. “They served as intermediaries between the local people and their ancestors’ spirits to make their lives better and protect them from evil forces in this world and beyond,” he said.

    Among the dozens of sculptures are a metal Kota reliquary guardian figure from Gabon, a wood Bamana Chi Wara headdress from Mali and a wood-fiber Bwa plank mask from Burkina Faso.

    “African art has long been seen as a monolith, but it really has many different origins,” said Mr. Ojikutu, who is also an artist. “It should be recognized as more nuanced and coming from the many countries on the continent. I try to show that expanse of art forms and visual cultures in my collection.”

    Mr. Ojikutu, 50, from Nigeria, emigrated to the United States in the mid-1990s. He and his wife, Yinka, both work in technology and live with their two teenage sons in a Washington suburb [....]

    Actually I went in skeptical, but when I heard the 2 songs together, the copying seems pretty obvious. No doubt Pharell thought the different vocal scheme would give him a pass, but it's a bit like a Weird Al level takeoff - if you know the original, you know what's working off. And this isn't an obscure work.

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