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Growing up, she passed out rotis at her mother’s hair salon and studied Emeril and Rachael Ray on TV. Now, she’s built a food empire.

Ahead of a new series on race, culture, and food, we're repeating "Other People's Food." For Artist Ashok Kondabolu and comedian Michelle Buteau, cultural appropriation and assimilation are personal.

Artist Ashok Kondabolu and comedian Michelle Buteau grew up in immigrant families, straddling food cultures. But they have different opinions on the line between assimilation and appropriation.