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Southeast Asia Got Something to Say

Southeast Asia Got Something to Say Online

Free; registration required: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/southeast-asia-got-something-to-say 

Part of CULINASIA: The Future of Asian Food in America
Presented by Smithsonian Associates, Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center, and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art

Before the pandemic, opening a Southeast Asian restaurant, bar, or food business was an uphill battle. Over the last few decades, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and other Asian cuisines have become increasingly familiar to the American palate, both at home and in restaurants. Yet the national awareness and appreciation of Southeast Asian food has transformed much more slowly from curiosity and rejection to a craving that lingers long after the first flavor-packed bite.

What makes Southeast Asian cooking and eating truly unique goes beyond the pungent flavors, colorful ingredients, and history of immigration often associated with the businesses built on these lesser-known culinary treasures. How will these cultural hubs keep their doors open during a global pandemic against doubly stacked odds, with anti-Asian racism at an all-time high? Is Southeast Asian food still on the rise? Can it maintain its pre-pandemic momentum as it approaches mainstream popularity—and, eventually, even ubiquity?

Hear from celebrity chefs and restaurateurs Jet Tila, Food Network star and chef partner in Pei Wei Restaurant Group, and Christina Hà, the first blind contestant of MasterChef—and winner of its third season in 2012—and owner of The Blind Goat and Xin Chào in Houston. Then follow along as Genevieve Villamora, co-owner of the award-winning restaurant Bad Saint in Washington, DC, and Vilailuck "Pepper" Teigen, author of the forthcoming The Pepper Thai Cookbook: Family Recipes from Everyone's Favorite Thai Mom (Clarkson Potter), demonstrate a recipe from the new cookbook.

This event is not being hosted by the SJR State Library. We are sharing news of this free event because it is related to the curriculum offered at the College and, therefore, may be of interest to our students, faculty, and staff.  

Related LibGuide: May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Dr. Christina Will

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
  Community Members     SJR State Employees     SJR State Students  
  Exploration - Asian Pacific American Heritage     Partner or non-profit agency event  
This is an online event. Event URL: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/southeast-asia-got-something-to-say