"I think a lot of [reason people talk to me about food] has to do with the awkwardness that people have talking to folks who have different ethnicities. I think they think [food] is a common area and it's well-intentioned. They're just trying to find a way to relate, as opposed to, 'Oh, we're both human beings. That makes us relatable.'
"You don't really need to try too hard! I'm a human being, and I feel like we have so much more in common. And if you ask other questions, you're going to get more commonalities. 'What do you do for work?' or 'Where did you grow up?' [Those] questions could lead to all sorts of other things as opposed to, 'I went to this Indian restaurant, holy shit.'
"And the well-intentioned folks are just awkward sometimes, which is sad. 'I don't know what to do with you not being white in this party. I'm trying.' It's still annoying, and it still makes me sad. Jesus though, you've never met people? I'm a person, just like everybody else.