From our organizers:
Chinese immigration to the British-controlled West Indies began in the 1850s. In countries like Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados, Chinese immigrants joined a population that was already diverse: African, South Indian, native, and colonial European. In addition to the little known nexus of their foodways, there is also a shared taboo in West Indian and Asian communities around queerness. These longstanding cultural and culinary confluences have continued to evolve in the United States and especially in New York City.
At Chow x West Indies, we ask: How can food be a form of resistance to the harmful elements of normative cultures in the food industry, diaspora communities, and society at large? Can queering the table offer a path forward toward liberation?
On Friday, February 22, join MOFAD, Yardy and Ming River Baijiu for a radical queer kitchen takeover where healing and comfort foods are at the center of the table we build for ourselves. Featuring Slaysians, Yardy boys, and comestible soul medicines from the West Indies and China, Chow x West Indies will explore the cuisine and culture of Afro-Asiatic diasporas.
Waa gwaan? (What to expect):
DRINK to cure what ails you, learning about the long tradition of infusing the Chinese spirit called baijiu with medicinal herbs to treat various ailments. Educators from Ming River and Chicago-based mixologist, Jef Tate, will share some of this history as we sip cocktails inspired by the theme. Plus, complimentary beer provided by Brooklyn Brewery!
DISCUSS what it means to be queer, Asian, and West Indian with journalist and Bubble_T member Mitchell Kuga, Christopher Udemezue of RAGGA NYC, and DeVonn Francis of Yardy.
Please follow @mofad, @yardy.nyc, and @ragganyc on social media for updates about our Chow x West Indies program. Doors open at 6:30pm. Last call will be at 8:30pm. Tickets include museum admission, light bites, Ming River baijiu cocktails, and Brooklyn Brewery beer. Ages 21 and over. This program is part of our Chow x series.