Friday Food Blogging July 10, 2009Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, Food and Drink.
Tags: multiculturalism, spam
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Sometimes multiculturalism is not such a good thing.Via Atlantic Food Channel:
When cultures collide, the results can be unpredictable. Surely, no one in Japan would have imagined that Americans would add avocado and cream cheese to sushi. Similarly, it came as a surprise to me to learn this week that some in Japan have taken to mixing Spam with their yakisoba noodles and corned beef with their omelets.
Yuk. I don’t like cream cheese with my sushi. I am sure I don’t want spam with my noodles.
This culinary crime is from a story about Okinawa:
But both have become staples of cooking in Okinawa, the chain of islands off Japan’s southern coast. Since the end of World War II, the prefecture has been home to 27,000 United States military troops, whose presence has at times been controversial but whose influence is clearly rubbing off. For better or worse.
And now we know the source of anti-American sentiment around the world—military bases colonizing regional cuisines with spam.