American Food and Immigration Policy: Past, Present, and Future

  • Museum of Food and Drink 62 Bayard Street Brooklyn, NY, 11222 United States

Taco Trucks on Every Corner. The Yemeni bodega strike. A Day Without Immigrants. Today, the complex relationships between immigration policy and American food culture are more evident than ever.

MOFAD is teaming up with the Street Vendor Project to explore the impact of US immigration policy — past, present, and future — on American food and culture. Join us for an evening of thought-provoking discussion, followed by an informal reception featuring light refreshments from Brooklyn Brewery and Sonia Perez, a street cart vendor and member of Street Vendor Project’s Leadership Council.

We’ll hear the story of Sonia Perez, and our panel will explore how policies like the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Bracero Program, the Hart-Celler Act, and the Diversity Visa Program have shaped how we eat today. Along the way, we’ll discuss how these policies have affected immigrant food businesses owners and their employees, the roles food businesses play in American immigrant communities, how food shapes perceptions of these communities, and the question of how — and why — a cuisine becomes American.

Panelists:

Krishnendu Ray, Associate Professor, Department Chair, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, New York University

Krishnendu Ray, Associate Professor, Department Chair, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, New York University

Sarah Khan, Artist/Filmmaker, Creator of Migrant Kitchens; MS Clinical Nutrition, MPH, PhD Plant Sciences/Traditional Ecological Knowledge Systems

Sarah Khan, Artist/Filmmaker, Creator of Migrant Kitchens; MS Clinical Nutrition, MPH, PhD Plant Sciences/Traditional Ecological Knowledge Systems

Sonia Perez, vendor and member of the Leadership Board of the Street Vendor Project

Sonia Perez, vendor and member of the Leadership Board of the Street Vendor Project

Rosamond S. King, Writer/Scholar/Artist, Associate Professor, Brooklyn College

Rosamond S. King, Writer/Scholar/Artist, Associate Professor, Brooklyn College

Jack Tchen, Associate Professor, New York University

Jack Tchen, Associate Professor, New York University

Stephen Velasquez, Associate Curator, Division of Home and Community Life, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Stephen Velasquez, Associate Curator, Division of Home and Community Life, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

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This event is presented in partnership with the Street Vendor Project, an initiative of the Urban Justice Center.

 

 

Pete's Candy Store Donation
Pete's Candy Store is one of MOFAD's wonderful neighborhood partners. For this program, Pete's is donating 25% of the proceeds from all drinks bought by attendees on Thursday, July 20th to the Street Vendor Project.
Simply show the bartender your MOFAD sticker (given to you upon entry to the event) and your purchase will be counted towards the final donation.
709 Lorimer between Richardson and Frost.

 

Photo credit Nate Gray via Flickr