Amen. This ideology is why I don’t like most non-Asian run, Asian/Asian-fusion restaurants. The trend of “elevating” Asian food, of simply traveling and understanding or “finding” Asia is problematic in itself AND it fails to produce genuinely good food. Fusion food with false heart speaks to no one. My culture is not yours to re-imagine and re-sell as a fad.
The last paragraph is also just beautiful, and really speaks to my Asian American Experience.