Hey everyone! Thanks for coming to our new blog. We’re going to do some periodic article roundups from around the internet. We’re gonna stick to articles about food, obviously, but we’ll add other interesting articles as we stumble across them online.
Food, Race, and Power: Who gets to be an authority on ‘ethnic’ cuisines?
“I wanted to know: just how many of these Chinese recipes [in the New York Times] were authored by Chinese chefs or food writers? Indian recipes by Indian chefs? Caribbean recipes by Caribbean food writers? Who is getting paid to write these recipes, and who is given a platform to share them? Ultimately, who is given the opportunity to write about how these dishes should be cooked?”
‘Ebb and Flow’ [Trailer] – A Japanese-American family, an oyster. and how they influenced Pacific Northwest History.
‘Ebb and Flow’ follows 93 yr old Jerry (Eiichi) Yamashita’s recounting of the family history to his son Patrick, himself now in his fifty’s, around a campfire on the beach next to their shellfish tidelands. Relying on Jerry’s prodigious memory, and with the help of rare archival footage, beginning with his father Masahide’s immigrating to America from Japan in 1900, we learn about the Yamashitas’ journey, spanning three generations, of seemingly unending struggle and uncertainty, met always with an unflagging entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to family. In fact, Patrick discovers for the first time what an important role his family has had in Washington State history.
[h/t Edible Seattle]
Stop Telling Me to Drink Sweet Wine Just Because I’m a Woman of Color
“As an ethnic woman, I can’t help but notice that whenever I’m at a restaurant or a beverage retailer, I am immediately directed toward the sweeter, lighter-bodied beverages. Very rarely am I offered full-bodied beverages like my non-ethnic and/or male counterparts.”
On that Loco’l Review and the Perils and Possibility of Food Writing
Korsha Wilson, writer/owner at A Hungry Feast, talks with Soleil Ho, of Racist Sandwich, about a whole bunch of interesting things like food colonization, the purpose of food criticism, the lack of diversity in food writing, and more. Love this as it’s people like them who are inspiring the journey here at Half+Half.