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Have You Eaten Yet?

With Cheuk Kwan
Hosted by CBC’s Judy Trinh

Have You Eaten Yet?

With Cheuk Kwan
Hosted by CBC’s Judy Trinh
Cheuk Kwan - Photo by Cedric Sam

CBC’s Judy Trinh hosts a conversation with Cheuk Kwan on his new book, Have You Eaten Yet? Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World , an intrepid travelogue that charts a living atlas of the global Chinese migration, revealing the synergies of politics, culture and family.

 

From Haifa, Israel, to Cape Town, South Africa, Chinese entrepreneurs and restaurateurs have brought delicious Chinese food across the globe. Unravelling a complex history of cultural migration and world politics, Cheuk Kwan narrates a fascinating story of culture and place, ultimately revealing how an excellent meal always tells an even better story.

 

Dotting even the most remote landscapes, 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 like the Madagascar classic soupe chinoise, Chinese restaurants are a microcosm of greater social forces—an insight into time, history and place. From Africa to South America, the Jade Gardens and Golden Dragons reveal an intricate tangle of social schisms and political movements, offering insight into global changes and diasporic histories, as the world has moved into the 21st century.

 

Author and documentarian 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, labourers and dreamers who populate Chinese kitchens worldwide. Behind these kitchen doors lies an intriguing paradox which characterizes many of these communities: how Chinese immigrants have resisted—or often been prevented from—complete assimilation into the social fabric of their new homes, maintaining strong senses of cultural identity, while the engine of their economic survival—the Chinese restaurant and its food—has become seamlessly woven into cities all around the world.

 

You can watch a trailer for the book here: https://youtu.be/2B-kZFEohvM

 

 

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