Everyone certainly knows that Chef Martin Yan can cook, but on Sunday, April 2, 2–4pm, when we sit down with the star chef at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, we’ll learn about an excitingly wide world of Chinese food in Chef Yan’s conversation with Cheuk Kwan, author of Have You Eaten Yet? Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World.
From Cape Town, South Africa, to small-town Saskatchewan, family-run Chinese restaurants are global icons of immigration, community, and delicious food. The cultural outposts of far-flung settlers, bringers of dim sum, Peking duck and creative culinary hybrids, Chinese restaurants are a microcosm of greater social forces. They are an insight into time, history, and place.
Author and filmmaker Cheuk Kwan, a self-described “card-carrying member of the Chinese diaspora,” weaves a global narrative by linking the myriad personal stories of chefs, entrepreneurs, laborers, and dreamers who populate Chinese kitchens worldwide. Have You Eaten Yet? Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World is an eye-opening and soul-nourishing journey through Chinese food around the world.
Cheuk Kwan will be joined by legendary television icon Chef Martin Yan, as the two discuss stories of the Chinese Diaspora and its food: how politics, culture, family, and food merge to create a unique global phenomenon that shapes cultural identity. Additionally, there will be a surprise cooking demonstration by Chef Martin Yan.
This free, wheelchair-accessible event is co-sponsored by Eastwind Books of Berkeley. Copies of Have You Eaten Yet? Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World are available for in-store purchase at Eastwind Books of Berkeley and online at asiabookcenter.com.
Have You Eaten Yet: Book Discussion
Sunday, April 2, 2–4pm
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th St. #290, Oakland.
Info and registration here.
Located in the heart of Oakland Chinatown as the only pan-Asian arts and cultural center in the East Bay, the Oakland Asian Cultural Center welcomes over 25,000 guests each year and aims to build a stronger, more vibrant community through robust arts, cultural, and social justice programming to connect different generations, cultures, and identities.