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 film-maker 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. 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, who has hosted more than 3,500 cooking shows around the world and is an accomplished chef, a respected culinary educator, commentator, and food and hospitality consultant. He has authored a library of 30 plus titles, among which include the award-winning Martin Yan’s Feast and Martin Yan’s Chinatown (with intro by Julia Child).
Yan will host a conversation with Cheuk Kwan on Have You Eaten Yet? Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World. Together they will discuss the stories of the Chinese Diaspora and its food, how politics, culture, family and food merge together to create a most unique global phenomenon that shapes cultural identity. Additionally, there will be a surprise cooking demonstration by Chef Martin Yan.
This 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 www.asiabookcenter.com.
This event will be conducted in English.
Cheuk Kwan was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. He has also lived in the US, Saudi Arabia and Canada, and speaks English, Japanese, French and several Chinese dialects. Kwan is the co–founder of The Asianadian, a magazine dedicated to promoting Asian Canadian arts, culture and politics, and a film production company, Tissa Films. His cinematic works from the Chinese Restaurants documentary series—Song of the Exile, Latin Passions and Beyond Frontiers—braid his personal experiences with his love of travel and appreciation for Chinese culture worldwide. He now resides in Toronto.
In 1978, Martin Yan launched the now classic, “Yan Can Cook” series, infusing cooking lessons with his brand of humor and skill. For close to a quarter of a century, the “Yan Can Cook Show” has been a fixture on the television screen (PBS) in North America and around the world. Generations of audiences have grown up watching and learning the joy and wonders of Chinese and Asian cuisines.
Chef Yan is also a successful restaurateur. His latest ventures are M.Y. Asia in Las Vegas, a joint effort with Caesars Resorts, USA and M.Y. China in the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown. As a culinary professional, Chef Yan is a true ambassador for the food and hospitality industry.