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
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.
Not Your Token Asian
2:00PM — 3:30PM
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?
4:00PM — 5:30PM
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.
Nur-E Farhana Rahman
Specially Processed American Me: SPAM, War, and Cuisine
6:00PM — 7:30PM
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.
Solidarity or Appropriation? Asian & Black Influence in Music Videos and Pop Culture
8:00PM — 9:30PM
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.