Tuesday, February 28, 2017
‘Jamaican stew’ lands Cambridge in the soup
One of the wealthiest Cambridge colleges is to rethink its menu after ethnic minority students complained about culinary offerings such as “Jamaican stew” and “Tunisian rice” on the grounds that the names are “cultural misrepresentations” as they do not exist in their supposed native countries.
The complaints were made by Pembroke students on a Facebook page about food in the college restaurant. “Dear Pembroke catering staff, stop mixing mango and beef and calling it ‘Jamaican stew’,” wrote one student. “I’m actually half Jamaican pls show me where in the Caribbean they mix fruit and meat.”
Another complained about “cauliflower, date and tofu tagine with Tunisian rice and coriander yoghurt”, saying “sorry but what is this we don’t eat these tings in Tunisia”.
I hear that a lot of favorite Chinese meals in Australia and the USA are unknown in China. But China does not complain.