Join us for a fun and enlightening day with UCLA experts and well-known personalities in the world of Asian cuisine, plus special demonstrations and - of course - tasting opportunities!
While food is at the heart of ethnic, religious, and cultural heritage, at the same time foods can quickly cross ethnic and national boundaries to become part of the daily life of local communities. For Los Angeles in particular, foods and drinks from East, Southeast, and South Asia are no longer only imported but are often now produced here and have found their way into supermarket shelves, farmers markets, and the kitchens of top chefs. The foods and drinks we consume provide a window onto the transformations that globalization brings in Asia as well as bringing Asia into the daily life and identity of Los Angeles.
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Food Across the Pacific
A roundtable forum featuring new research by UCLA graduate students and scholars
Moderated by Valerie Matsumoto, Professor of History, UCLA
Closing remarks by Carl Chu, author of Finding Chinese Food in Los Angeles and The Search for Sushi
I. A Movable Feast
Balancing the Exotic and the Familiar: The Success of Yang Chow Restaurant (SF Valley) Outside the Chinese Ethnic Enclave
Eating at the Edge of Ulaanbaatar: Consuming Landscape
Food Practices of the Okinawan Diaspora
Global (re)mix: Family, Food, and Fusion in Japanese Cuisine
II. You Are What You Eat and Drink
Shooting, Scoring, and Spam Musubi: Food Culture, Ethnic Identity, Community Building within Japanese American Youth Basketball Leagues
Beyond “Living La Vida Boba”-Youth and Transnational Asian America
Finding Home in Koreatown Coffee Shops
Serving Communities: Indonesian Eateries in Los Angeles and Beyond
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Lunch break: A boxed lunch provided by Banchan à la Carte will be available for purchase for $10. Advance reservation is required (cash or check payable at the door).
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Asian Cuisine from Market to Table
A conversation with:
Moderated by Merry White, Professor of Anthropology, Boston University
4:00 – 6:00 pm
A Taste of Asia
Reception with tasting opportunities provided by Banchan à la Carte, Bombay Café, the Clay Pit, Hop Woo BBQ Seafood, Saffron Spot, Simpang Asia, and Tiger Sushi
The UCLA Asia Institute wishes to thank the following sponsors of Asia in LA 2010:
Parking is available in Structure 6 on the UCLA campus for $10. For campus map and parking directions, please visit http://transportation.ucla.edu.
Sponsor(s): Asia Institute
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