Students at Oberlin College have a new injustice to oppose: steamed chicken.
Some undergrads at the left-leaning Ohio college are upset at the ingredients and quality of several Asian dishes being served in the cafeteria, The Oberlin Review reported. The annoyances first arose in November, but have continued into late December.
One of the chief objections? Steamed chicken instead of fried chicken as the main component of General Tsos chicken.
Another supposed food misdemeanor involved the Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich. Instead of a baguette, grilled pork, pate, pickled vegetable and herbs, Oberlin diners find pulled pork and coleslaw on ciabatta bread.
When youre cooking a countrys dish for other people, including ones who have never tried the original dish before, youre also representing the meaning of the dish as well as its culture, junior Tomoyo Joshi told The Review. So if people not from that heritage take food, modify it and serve it as authentic, it is appropriative.
Some black students at Oberlin also have raised concerns about food being served by the same catering company Bon Appetit at the Afrikan Heritage House. The food grievances have even given way to safe space fears.
We students are concerned about our safety, sophomore Gloria Lewis told The Review. And so beyond that, its about having a safe space. So its not just the dining hall. Its everything. Its the posts on Yik Yak . Its the micro-aggressions.
Food service officials say theyre working to allay students concerns.