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Food Media During COVID: How Can We Mitigate Xenophobia Without Tokenizing AAPI’s ?
June 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cultural appropriation has long been an issue in food media, especially since the majority of gatekeepers and food writers on mastheads are white and come from similar backgrounds. With heightened xenophobia related to Covid-19, there have been increased efforts by several publications to mitigate some of the bias by amplifying AAPI voices, but how can this be done without tokenization?
For the third event in our series The Takeout, we’ll be discussing what tokenization looks like in food media, how it specifically impacts Asian Americans and Asian American food culture, the inherent rewards system in tokenization, the difference between tokenization vs. appropriation and ending with what we can do to stop tokenization in our industry.