Happy Family Night Market
An annual event that celebrates the Asian diaspora through food, art, and education.

Panels

 
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Panel Discussions are 12:00PM — 9:30PM
in the Underground Theater

Education and research form the core of HFNM. 2019 educational programs include panel discussions that engage in challenging topics, lost traditions, and shared histories of the Asian diaspora through dialogue and interactive learning. Co-Curated by Co-Founder & Executive Director Phoebe Tran and Coral Lee.


 

“If It Grows Here, It Belongs Here”

12:00PM — 1:30PM
Underground Theater

Moderated by Krishendu Ray

—Chef Rene Redzepi wrote this in his book YOU AND I EAT THE SAME, in which he defended his migration of Mexican corn to Copenhagen soil. But is it true in practice? Farmers and scholars will discuss their own experiences of figural and literal uprootedness—what it means to (im)migrate from one home to another, what gets lost along the move, and how they preserve their cultural and culinary heritage. Speakers will discuss how cuisines adapt to and evolve on American soil, and how: where people go—so too goes their food.

 
 

Myra Manning

Breeding and R&D Manager at Row 7 Seeds  @row7seeds

Breeding and R&D Manager at Row 7 Seeds @row7seeds

Krishendu Ray

Chair of NYU’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies  @krishnendu_ray

Chair of NYU’s Department of Nutrition and Food Studies @krishnendu_ray

Joseph Legaspi

Poet & Co-founder of Kundiman  @kundimanforever

Poet & Co-founder of Kundiman
@kundimanforever

Nimai

Chief Farmer & CEO of Gopal Farm   @gopal.farm

Chief Farmer & CEO of Gopal Farm
@gopal.farm

Sari Kamin

Host of Food Without Borders     @foodwithoutbordersradio

Host of Food Without Borders
@foodwithoutbordersradio

 

 

Not Your Token Asian

2:00PM — 3:30PM
Underground Theater

Sponsored by Turner Asia (Warner Media)
Moderated by Farhat Rahman


From THE SIMPSONS’ Apu to CRAZY RICH ASIANS, we’ve come a long way from brownface and yellowface portrayals of Asian identity on screen… or have we? Though our methods of media consumption have evolved drastically — from cinema to TV to streaming services, radio to podcasts, newspapers to newsfeeds — issues of diversity and quality of Asian representation still persist. Why is it so difficult for Asians to get an affirming representation on the screen, and push past tokenization?

 
 


Mariel Estrada

VP of Entertainment Sales Research at WarnerMedia

VP of Entertainment Sales Research at WarnerMedia


Fumi Abe

Comic & Co-host of Asian, Not Asian  @asiannotasianpod

Comic & Co-host of Asian, Not Asian @asiannotasianpod


Mic Nguyen

Writer & Co-host of Asian, Not Asian  @asiannotasianpod

Writer & Co-host of Asian, Not Asian @asiannotasianpod

Shabnaj Chowdhury

Writer for The Juggernaut  @shabnajwrites

Writer for The Juggernaut
@shabnajwrites


Farhat Rahman

Founder & Director of CineDiaspora NYC  @cinediasporanyc

Founder & Director of CineDiaspora NYC
@cinediasporanyc

 

 

Authentically Inauthentic

4:00PM — 5:30PM
Underground Theater

Moderated by Jack Tchen


The culinary pursuit for authenticity is a loaded proposition. When it comes to Asian food in America, the cuisine of immigrants has long been exoticized, commoditized, and claimed by authorities informed by a platonic idea of what something should taste, look, and smell like. The demand for food to embody one race, one country, or one experience narrows the understanding of how and why diasporic communities evolve over time. Historians, writers, and chefs will gather to discuss the centering question of this year’s Happy Family Night Market, “What is Asia?”, through the lens of food.

 
 


Lisa Gross

Founder & CEO of League of Kitchens  @leagueofkitchen

Founder & CEO of League of Kitchens @leagueofkitchen


Jack Tchen

Founding Director of the A/P/A Institute, Co-founder of MOCA

Founding Director of the A/P/A Institute, Co-founder of MOCA


Cathy Erway

Author of The Food of Taiwan & Art of Eating In, Host of Self Evident & Eat Your Words  @cathyerway

Author of The Food of Taiwan & Art of Eating In, Host of Self Evident & Eat Your Words @cathyerway

Nur-E Farhana Rahman

Co-owner of Korai Kitchen  @koraikitchen

Co-owner of Korai Kitchen @koraikitchen

 
 

 
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Specially Processed American Me: SPAM, War, and Cuisine

6:00PM — 7:30PM
Underground Theater

by Jaime Sunwoo


Over a tasting of Budae jjigae Army Stew, artist and playwright Jaime Sunwoo will examine the history of SPAM, the canned meat, in the Asia-Pacific and its place in Asian American upbringing. Food proudly sponsored by Grand Seoul.

 
Creator, artist Jaime Sunwoo

Creator, artist Jaime Sunwoo

 

 

Solidarity or Appropriation? Asian & Black Influence in Music Videos and Pop Culture

8:00PM — 9:30PM
Underground Theater

Curated & Moderated by Thanushka Yakupitiyage


A multimedia discussion about Black & Asian solidarity — or lack thereof — and the many complexities, influences, and appropriations that appear in music videos. From mainstream pop to hip hop and everything in between — how are  Black, API, and other POC artists influenced and informed by one another across the musical spectrum?

Thanushka (Thanu) Yakupitiyage is a Sri Lankan born, Thailand raised activist, cultural organizer, and DJ under the artist moniker “Ushka.” When she isn’t crafting dancefloor spaces, Ushka is a political and cultural organizer. She is the A/P/A Institute 2018-19 artist-in-residence and is one of 52 artists commissioned for The Shed Open Call in 2019.

 
 


DJ Ushka

Activist, cultural organizer, and DJ  @ty_ushka

Activist, cultural organizer, and DJ @ty_ushka


D'hana Perry

Artist, DJ, activist, Co-founder of KUNQ  @battyjack_dj

Artist, DJ, activist, Co-founder of KUNQ @battyjack_dj


Parissah Lin

Co-Founder of Yellow Jackets  @yellowjacketscollective

Co-Founder of Yellow Jackets @yellowjacketscollective


Tsige Tafesse

Co-Founder of BUFU By Us For Us Collective  @bufu_byusforus

Co-Founder of BUFU By Us For Us Collective @bufu_byusforus


Katherine Tom

Co-Founder of BUFU By Us For Us Collective  @bufu_byusforus

Co-Founder of BUFU By Us For Us Collective @bufu_byusforus