Stone Soup Rocks in Remote Oaxaca

If you’ve heard of stone soup, you’re prob­a­bly think­ing about the fable where hun­gry wan­der­ers trick locals into shar­ing their food. But, the real stone soup is more cel­e­bra­tion than depri­va­tion, and it’s alive and well in Oax­a­ca, Mex­i­co. And, it has a long and leg­endary sto­ry of its own.

Of kimono and cultural appropriation

Japan­ese-Amer­i­cans, Japan­ese res­i­dents in the Unit­ed States and their sup­port­ers counter-protest­ed at the muse­um and on social media in vain. Counter-pro­test­ers point­ed out that very few of the pro­test­ers were Japan­ese, and that they had no right to dic­tate what count­ed as racism or cul­tur­al appro­pri­a­tion against Japan­ese or Japan­ese-Amer­i­cans. They com­plained that the pro­test­ers had cho­sen the wrong event to protest against with their parochial iden­ti­ty pol­i­tics agen­da.