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CULINASIA Series Explores the Future of Asian Food in America
May 5, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Smithsonian Associates, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, presents CULINASIA, a dynamic, free series of virtual conversations that will explore food legacies and the ways in which Asian diaspora cuisine continues to change and enrich people’s lives. Four panel discussions will be held May 5, May 19, June 9 and June 23 at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Asian foods and cooking have long been an indelible part of America’s food culture, and yet people also harbor complicated relationships with those who prepare their meals. Earlier this year, Asian American activists carried signs reading “Love Us Like You Love Our Food” as they denounced a surge of anti-Asian racism in communities across the United States during the global pandemic. In a four-part conversation series, chefs, food writers, food entrepreneurs, home cooks, cookbook authors and other participants whose heritage and experiences span the complex spectrum of the Asian diaspora in the United States will discuss the successes, challenges and future of Asian food in America.