Growing up “as a brown kid in the West,” Jon Kung always felt like he was apologizing for the foods he ate, but the issue really became prominent for him in 2019 when white restaurateurs opened a "clean" Chinese food establishment in New York.

At the time, owner and Manhattan nutritionist Arielle Haspel faced backlash for marketing the restaurant's lo mein as a dish that wouldn't make people feel “bloated or icky.”

To combat the notion that Chinese food is unhealthy, Kung turned to TikTok. He is among several content creators who are using the platform to dispel myths about cultural foods. 

"Growing up in the West, we're conditioned to assume that certain foods are healthier than others, and certain foods – especially ethnic foods – tend to be unhealthy," Kung says in his video as he illustrates that a plain wrap contains as many calories as a serving of plain noodles.

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