A White Woman From Oregon Is Getting Called Out For Claiming to ‘Improve’ Congee

In 2017, white Eugene-based acupuncturist and business owner Karen (yes, Karen) Taylor launched her rice porridge company Breakfast Cure, pre-packaged packs of flavored rice customers make into slow-cooker congee. However, Taylor’s business just recently caught the attention of people around the country, and not in a good way: Over the last week, posts on social media have circulated criticizing Taylor for the way she and her company have appropriated congee, and otherized the communities who have been eating it for centuries.

Over the weekend, Twitter user Casey Ho tweeted a thread of screenshots from the company’s website, in which the company markets its congees that “delight the western palate.”

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