Activists Publicly Expose White-Owned Restaurants Guilty of Cultural Appropriation All Over Portland
Two white women closed down their pop-up burrito shop in Portland, Oregon after receiving public backlash for cultural appropriation and allegations that they stole their recipes from Mexico.
Owners Kali Wilgus and Liz “LC” Connelly shut down their shop just a week after being featured on the alternative weekly newspaper Willamette Weekly, where they said that their Mexican-inspired dishes were created by picking “the brains of every tortilla lady there [Puerto Nuevo, Mexico] in the worst broken Spanish ever.”
Panda Express has put a Mexican twist on its orange chicken by wrapping the menu item in a burrito.
The outer shell is made entirely of a scallion pancake, which can be filled with a base (chow mein noodles, fried rice, white rice, brown rice), sauces and veggies like pickled cucumbers or crispy shallots.