https://slate.com/technology/2018/0...acklashes-against-culinary-appropriation.html i think the backlash and claims of cultural appropriation are silly. it doesn't make sense and inconsequential. this is about a certain dish. really? a dish? i am asian and i change up the recipe myself so what is wrong with that? how does that affect others preparing the dish the way they want to? i personally don't like sour kimchi just as i don't like saurkraut. i make my own fresh like a salad and i know others who do the same. so i must hide this 'crime' or else i'll have the original foodie police at my door? what? this recipe some are claiming others are messing with is not the original anyways. the original had no pepper in it and was not spicy. that recipe still exists and people still make it. it's called water kimchi which is just cabbage or radish in a bland vinegar base with some onions similar to pickles. the pepper came from south america. you don't hear anyone claiming that recipe is being messed with or colombians claiming appropriation and demanding their pepper back. well, they are all dead anyways since that was a few centuries ago; the ones who are responsible for the original recipe and the ones who added pepper. what if i want to put pineapples or marshmallows on my pizza? it's a crime because that's not the original recipe? that's an insult? that stops another from making pepperoni? if someone wants to change the recipe themselves or add pineapples or whatever, what does it matter as long as they are not outlawing if you like the original? that's how recipes evolve and become more varied as people put their own spin on it. these same criticisms are over music, hairstyles, food (apparently), fashion, technology etc. practically anything. why care? it doesn't stop you or anyone else from doing what you want to do. but that is how things become interesting as different people and different cultures put their spin on it and then people share it back and forth. that's how it evolves and creates more diversity/choices. i don't get it.