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#IEatLaoFood movement and a serving of food justice in New York City

In some of the poorest neighborhoods across America, finding fresh and healthy food is a daily struggle. As the bold and flavorful Lao food scene continues to rise among its popular Southeast Asian counterparts, a New York City couple strives to define Lao food culture in its rightful place, with a heaping serving of food justice. Through Lao food, Manila and Kris of ‘I Eat Lao Food’ (IELF) is building the emerging movement of testing American palates and transforming eating traditions. “Since its inception, we’ve found that Lao Food inspires a sense of community among people from a variety of backgrounds. We want to utilize Lao food as a vehicle to address economic, health, and social issues in our native Brooklyn communities, specifically East New York”. Starting with dinners in their own backyard, they realized, “the mission is two-fold: to introduce this versatile cuisine and culture to a new audience, but to also empower a group of people who have historically been underserved by the efforts to improve the quality of life in our city”. Born in …

WTFung?

My brother recently tagged me in a video about Lao food posted by the infamous FUNG BROS., a YouTube duo who produce hilarious videos highlighting Asian American themes, especially food. They’re pretty popular, too, netting over 900,000 subscribers on YouTube. My first thoughts were, “Holy crap, the FUNG BROS. made a video about Lao food?! Maybe the #laofoodmovement is a real thing.” When I watched the video, I was not only sorely disappointed, but annoyed and offended by a lot of the misinformation. As a proud Lao American, I know the Lao community does not get the same exposure that other communities receive. So when a chance like this comes along, sending the right message is not only important, but necessary. The Fung Bros. not only missed an opportunity to showcase the flavors and combinations that make Lao food unique, but they failed to provide correct information on the Lao community, leading me to think WTFUNG?! Here are 5 problematic moments in the video: They went to a “Thai” restaurant and ordered predominantly Thai dishes. Most of you are probably thinking, “But …