Asian in America
Asian in America is an award-nominated symbolic exhibition and dining experience that explores the complex narrative of the Asian American identity through food & drink, virtual reality, spoken word and poetry. Over the span of 2.5 hours, guests are taken on a multi-sensory journey of the Asian American identity, exploring topics from cultural hierarchies in the food system, the lack of the individualism granted to minorities, the Model Minority myth and the internalization of the “white savior” complex.
Asian in America originally began as a 3-course "meal" of short personal essays published in Goldthread and quickly developed into a 6-course & 3-cocktail dining experience with alternating presentations of poetry and virtual reality. Each course's interplay of carefully chosen ingredients, plating and visual/written art serve as prompts for guests to discuss and connect via themes relating to home, belonging and identity. The VR component of immersive graphics and spoken word adds another dimension to the storytelling of each topic, while also providing the important service of leveling extrovert and introvert energies in the room so every guest can interact with the art as both a solo observer (in-headset) and a group participant (in conversation).
The experience officially debuted in August 2018 and has been traveling across the United States, taking on different forms from museum exhibitions and public cultural programming to private dinners.
2. "You Make Asian Food, Right?"
4. Model Minority
6. Fancy Because It's French
Bonus: Dog Food Is A Necessity?
1. Eggs & Bananas
3. Revisionist History
Asian in America
Asian in America officially debuted in August 2018 at the Museum of Food & Drink (NYC) and has since been touring across the U.S. as a dining experience and a pop-up museum exhibition. In COVID times, we have since turned the experience into a virtual cookalong series that you can now buy on-demand below.
12/10: Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, CA - held virtually)
1/23: Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, CA)
3/11: Culinary Institute of America (Napa Valley, CA)
2/23: Museum of Chinese in America (NYC, NY)
4/6: St. Francis Women's Film Festival (NYC, NY)
4/19 & 20: Museum of Chinese in America (NYC, NY)
5/3 & 4: LA Asian Pacific Film Festival (Los Angeles, CA)
6/29: James Beard House (NYC, NY) featuring special floral series "Our Roots" from Carmen & Co.
8/7 - 8/11: USC Pacific Asia Museum (Los Angeles, CA) featuring Asian in America as an all-day museum exhibition
11/14: Hawai'i International Film Festival (Honolulu, HI)
8/15: Museum of Food & Drink (NYC, NY)
9/12: Photoville, United Photo Industries (NYC, NY)
9/14: Yellow Summit (Minneapolis, MN)
10/3 & 4: Future of Storytelling Summit (NYC, NY)
11/8: Culinary Institute of America Copia (Napa Valley, CA)
12/7: Museum of Chinese in America (NYC, NY)
"This is a tasting menu as intellectual exercise."
"...challenge[s] diners to either reflect on their own experiences or empathize with others’."
"It was refreshing to see that Asian in America didn’t use technology frivolously"
"...the kind of modern fine dining meal that immerses you in itself..."
"Asian in America dinner experience is poetry in motion"
"...obliterates the notion of polite dinner chatter."
Bridging the Divide Award
"...each course served with a meaningful story or title"
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