Archived by: Lotte Brewer
Creator: MIA DE GRAAF, Writer for The Daily Mail
Date Created: December 19th, 2015
Name of Document: “Liberal students at Lena Dunham’s alma mater Oberlin College object to ‘culturally appropriative sushi’ and non-authentic Chinese food”
Location: Published out of London, Referencing events in Oberlin, Ohio
Context: In December of 2015, Abusua, Oberlin College’s black student union, released a list of demands directed at the college, and received backlash and threats from both the school and from anonymous commenters online. That same week, The Oberlin Review published an article concerning the cafeteria’s preparation of traditional Asian cuisine, and how it could be interpretted as appropriative of japanese and vietnamese culture. The Abusua demands weren’t picked up by the mainstream media until January, while the Oberlin Review article instantly went viral, painting an image to the larger public about Oberlin activism and the priorities of the students.
Potential Relavance: Not only does this article document an event that occurred on this campus and was reported both nationally and internationally, but in the tone of the article, captures an image of whiny, privileged Oberlin students that is held as a truth in many communities. Specifically by referring to Oberlin first as “Lena Dunham’s alma mater”, the publically regarded, and problematic views of the actress/writer are projected onto Oberlin as an entire institution.