[WATCH] Food blogger Ming-Cheau Lin talks cuisine, culture and stereotypes

Food blogger Ming-Cheau Lin says she is using her platform to combat ignorance and educate people about her culture and heritage.

Lin is the creator of a food blog titled Butterfingers and recently published a cookbook called Just Add Rice: Stories and Recipes by a Taiwanese South African.

The Taiwanese-South African says the book explores both food and culture in a way that educates the reader about her culinary heritage and Taiwanese roots.

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She says it is important for people to understand the history and context of foods they make, buy and eat.

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She spoke about Taiwanese food, her experiences in the food industry, and her thoughts about stereotypes and cultural appropriation.

East Asian cooking in not represented in terms of food in South Africa.

Ming-Cheau Lin, food blogger author of the cookbook Just Add Rice

It's very humbling to be the first cookbook author to represent my heritage and my own culture's cuisine.

Ming-Cheau Lin, food blogger author of the cookbook Just Add Rice

It preserves a lot of the culture that our immigrant parents brought with them.

Ming-Cheau Lin, food blogger author of the cookbook Just Add Rice

When your culture is not represented in the social norm, it can be difficult to have your voice heard.

Ming-Cheau Lin, food blogger author of the cookbook Just Add Rice

You'll find that the people representing the food aren't actually connected to it in anyway.

Ming-Cheau Lin, food blogger author of the cookbook Just Add Rice

There's a lot of unlearning that we all can do and it's arrogant to think everything that we know already is enough.

Ming-Cheau Lin, food blogger author of the cookbook Just Add Rice

I write about my Taiwanese culture food to put it out there, so that people can learn more. So that people can stop exoticising it and stop othering it.

Ming-Cheau Lin, food blogger author of the cookbook Just Add Rice

Listen to the delicious conversation during the Food Feature:

Image credit: Butterfingers food blog


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