Has it been a week since the pho video from Bon Appétit magazine went viral for all the wrong reasons? Yes, it has been. During the past seven days, I responded to comments on VWK and social media, taught an Asian dumpling class, and attended a sustainable foods institute. My life has been ultra-rich.
When I wrote the VWK post last Thursday, I didn’t know who would be reading it and how impactful it would be. It was passed around social media and last Friday, an editor at National Public Radio (NPR) invited me to write a commentary on the meaning and potential consequences of the video controversy.
As the Bon Appétit video debacle unfolded, I had communications with people from all kinds of backgrounds and age groups. Some conversations were public while others were private. Given those experiences and articles on food and race politics, such as the ones at the New York Times by Francis Lam, NPR by Maria Godoy and Kat Chow, and Civil Eats by Cathy Erway, I saw an opening.