Category: Culture

Can Culture be Appropriated?

The recent hullabaloo from Oberlin about poorly-executed dining hall food as cultural appropriation has raised new concerns about the “new culture wars” on campus. Most reactions that I have seen negative: students viewed as hopelessly naive, misguided, or blind to the optics of their own privilege. That students were protesting banh mi and General Tso’s […]

Race at the All-Valley Karate Tournament

I am certainly not the first to have noticed that the entire Karate Kid franchise has some, well, fraught issues with race. But still. How is it possible that in 1984, in Southern California, at an event called the All-Valley Karate Championships that must have had a catchment area of at least a million people, […]