A Binghamton University Professor is sharing his insight into our country’s complicated relationship with a very popular cuisine.
“No MSG: America’s Love-Hate Relationship with Chinese Food” was the topic of a presentation given by Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Robert Ku at a meeting of the BU Forum last week.
Ku says that while Chinese food is as American as apple pie, it’s often seen as exotic and, as a result, is the victim of a number of urban myths.
For example, Ku says fears over the use of the food additive MSG are overblown.
He says MSG is in a lot of other foods and that it’s not nearly as bad for people as it has been made out to be.
Ku also dispels any notion that so-called “mystery meat” such as cat or dog has ever been used in American Chinese restaurants.
He says these myths are related to the larger issue of prejudice against Asian-Americans.