HuffPost Canada is serving up culture on a plate in a new podcast series.
"Where are you really from?" is a loaded question for children of immigrants in Canada. Part reflection, part storytelling, the "Born And Raised" podcast digs into our experiences and connections with identity, family, and culture.
In this first season, host Angelyn Francis and reporter Al Donato focus on food, taking us through the childhood kitchens and family restaurants that second-generation Canadians called home, to discover the unique ways they negotiate their identities through what they eat.
Episode 1: That One Dish
We all have favourite foods, but there's always "that one dish" that transports us into childhood memories, reminds us of people we care about, and can play a role in fostering who we are.
Episode 2: The Family Restaurant
Restaurants have helped many immigrant families make a living in Canada. Parents work long hours in the kitchen and on the floor serving tables so their children can have better opportunities. We investigate what happens when the kids want to get into the food biz themselves.
Episode 3: Lost In Translation
How immigrant families make and eat food is important. But what about the ways we talk about it? We explore what it means when food gets lost in translation between generations, and why fully understanding the meaning of the dishes we eat can be especially significant for the children of immigrants.
Episode 4: Mom's Cooking
Mom knows best, especially in the kitchen. There's just something magical about what she does that makes her food taste better than anyone else's. But is it possible to adapt our immigrant mothers' recipes and cook as well as she does ... or even better?
- Tasha Stansbury, law student
- Preena Chauhan, Arvinda's co-founder and class instructor
- Ben Lootens, chef
Episode 5: Fitting In
We all want to belong. Many second-generation Canadians can recall how their "stinky" immigrant lunches red-flagged them as "different" at school. "Fitting in" gets complicated when it feels like you have to choose one culture over another. But food helps us finds our way.
Meet the team:
- Angelyn Francis: Jamaican/Chinese roots, born and raised in Toronto. Comfort food: red-pea soup
- Al Donato: Filipino roots, born and raised in Toronto. Comfort food: palabok
- Stephanie Werner: German/Chinese roots, born and raised in Vancouver. Comfort food: potato dumplings
- Al Donato
- Lisa Yeung: Chinese-Trinidadian roots, born and raised in Toronto. Comfort food: callaloo and stew chicken
- Andree Lau: Chinese roots, born and raised in Vancouver. Comfort food: congee
About Born And Raised:
HuffPost Canada's "Born And Raised" is an ongoing series featuring the stories and perspectives of second-generation Canadians. Want to join the conversation? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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