Taken from the Ottawa Sun about its university:
Student leaders have pulled the mat out from 60 University of Ottawa students, ending a free on-campus yoga class over fears the teachings could be seen as a form of “cultural appropriation.”
Staff at the Centre for Students with Disabilities believe that “while yoga is a really great idea and accessible and great for students, there are cultural issues of implication involved in the practice.”
The centre official argues since many of those cultures “have experienced oppression, cultural genocide and diasporas due to colonialism and western supremacy, we need to be mindful of this and how we express ourselves while practising yoga.”
Acting student federation president Romeo Ahimakin said the student federation put the yoga session on hiatus while they consult with students “to make it better, more accessible and more inclusive to certain groups of people that feel left out in yoga-like spaces.”
Student leaders debated rebranding the program, but stumbled over how the French translation for “mindful stretching” would appear on a promotional poster, and eventually decided to suspend the program. Student federation official Julie Seguin sympathized with Scharf over e-mail, defending the use of the term “yoga.”
Meanwhile, in the US, from a PhD student at NYU (HT: Clarice):
White chefs create “Asian-inspired” dishes. When going out to eat, I notice many “Asian-fusion” themed restaurants where chefs combine all the countries and flavors in the vast and diverse continent of Asia and throw them together.
Often, when we talk about “ethnic” food, we’re not referring to French, German, or Italian cuisine, and definitely not those Ikea Swedish meatballs. Usually, we’re talking about Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Ethiopian, and Mexican food –places where food is cooked by the “brownest” people.
Vietnam had been occupied by China for a thousand years and then colonized by France. This period of colonization is also what led to things like banh mi (sandwiches) and banh ex (crepes). The use of spam in different parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands, like spam musabi or spam in hot pot, are a direct result of US colonization.
When food gets disconnected from the communities and places it’s from, people can easily start forgetting and ignoring historical and ongoing oppression faced by those communities. America has corporatized “Middle Eastern food” like hummus and falafel, and some people might live by halal food carts, but not understand or address the ongoing Islamophobia in the US.
Folks might love Mexican food, but not care about different issues such as labor equity and immigration policy that impact members from that community. There are also really hurtful stereotypes connected to food where people of color get reduced to the food they eat or are called things like smelly.
Quinoa, which is native to Bolivia is now too expensive for communities there. Last year, Whole Foods declared collard greens the “new kale.” Coconuts have now been packaged as high end, luxury water. Tofu, soy, and tempeh are now staples at organic, healthy food markets. This is food gentrification, where communities can no longer afford their own cuisines.
Meanwhile, what’s happening at the headquarters of both the EU and NATO? BBC:
Brussels will stay on the highest level of terror alert, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says, amid a manhunt for suspects linked to the Paris attacks. Schools, universities and the metro in the Belgian capital will remain closed on Monday, Mr Michel said. Brussels has been on lockdown all weekend, as police search for suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam. Islamic State militants, some of whom were from Brussels, killed 130 people in Paris on 13 November.
How about the Middle East:
Hadar Bucharis of Safed, a city in northern Israel, was stabbed on Sunday afternoon at the Gush Etzion Junction, near the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut. She was declared dead at a Jerusalem hospital.
The assailant, identified by the Shin Bet security service as Wissam Tawabte, 34, was shot and killed by troops at the scene. Tawabte, a Palestinian from the nearby village of Beit Fajjar, did not have a previous terror history, according to the Shin Bet.
At the same junction three days earlier, American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz and two others were killed in a shooting attack, reportedly by Palestinian gunmen. Other deadly terror attacks have taken place at the junction in recent months.
Earlier Sunday, a Palestinian taxi driver attempted to run over a group of Israelis at a junction near the West Bank settlement of Kfar Adumim, the Israel Defense Forces said. Unsuccessful in his attempts, he exited his vehicle and tried to stab Israelis at the junction. The attacker, identified as a resident of a Palestinian village near Ramallah, was shot and killed by a civilian at the scene, according to the IDF.
That morning, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl from Nablus allegedly attempted to stab an Israeli near the West Bank settlement of Ariel. An Israeli civilian who witnessed the attack ran over the girl, then shot her dead, according to reports. The Israeli media identified the civilian as Gershon Mesika, a settler leader who is the former head of the Samaria Regional Council.
On Saturday evening, a Palestinian man from a village near Hebron in the West Bank allegedly stabbed four people in front of a sports stadium in the southern Israeli city of Kiryat Gat, including a 13-year-old girl.
The incredibly weird US focus on PC self-flagellation, erasing history in service to the crybullies’ Utopia, and other micro nonsense has paved the way for the Trumpster, as Roger Simon notes. Even as CNN maliciously alters videos of him, the guy doubles down. Now he’ll bring back waterboarding and have surveillance of certain mosques. Stay tuned. He’s driving the corrupt media berserk, which is kind of his hole card.
Charles Moore has a thoughtful piece on the two roads that have now diverged so wide; the bit about his conversation at lunch illustrates things succinctly.