In college, my friends and I went to see Knocked Up in the theater. As the movie played I grew increasingly uncomfortable. While my white friends laughed at the harsh, strange portrayal of an East Asian doctor by Ken Jeong, I squirmed. By laughing at him they were laughing at me.
Dear Kids & Race: How do I talk about slavery and MLK with my kids in an informative and respectful way?
Many times, we as white parents have a difficult time discussing the negative parts of America’s history. We have this notion that our kids can’t handle it, or that we’re protecting their innocence. The truth is, we’re not doing our kids any favors by pretending this history didn’t happen.
Surely you must live abroad, dwell, and partake in a place’s daily customs for at least several months to gauge its culture. In the absence of the necessary time and money to travel across the world, however, a dish is an open door through which you can at least see another culture that, upon closer look, is not so foreign, not quite exotic, and no longer “Other.”