Elite Private School Offers Special Pearl Harbor Day Menu

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    The Washington Post reports about how the Sidwell Friends School, the elite private academy where President Barack Obama’s daughters are students, has received some complaints about a very strange “coincidental” menu choice for December 7th:

    the school cafeteria listed as its “Pearl Harbor Day” menu Wednesday: A heavily Japanese-inspired lineup, including teriyaki chicken and edamame (as well as more generically Asian delicacies like tofu, fried rice, fortune cookies and “oriental noodle salad”). A school rep told us this was just a fluke — not a meal intended to commemorate the 1941 Japanese attack on U.S. forces: The contractor that prepares school lunches randomly assigned an Asian menu to Dec. 7, and the subcontractor that prints the calendars automatically marked Wednesday at Pearl Harbor Day. “It was completely coincidental,” said Ellis Turner, associate head of the school.

    This weird story hasn’t been reported in the Japanese media, and probably won’t be. However, if it was, readers would probably be more surprised about the fact that calendars printed in America still point out the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

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