Additional Events from Cultural Institutions Around NYC

We are delighted to be collaborating with several cultural organizations outside of The New School to offer additional programming inspired by the themes of the conference. Our collaborators are the China Institute, the Korea Society, El Museo del Barrio, Feet in Two Worlds, and Streetwise New York. All events require additional registration. Some are free, and some have additional costs. Details follow.

Ride the High Road2

Saturday, April 13, 2013, 2:00–6:00 p.m.

EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO: Restaurant and Bike Tour, "Ride the High Road"
Starting at The Capital Grille, 155 East 42nd Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues)
FREE. Registration is required. Please visit El Museo's calendar to register.

The Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY), Five Borough Bicycle Club, and El Museo del Barrio present a bike ride that will make stops at local "High Road" restaurants around the city. We will learn about the importance of supporting restaurants that treat their employees fairly, and which restaurants take the high road toward profitability. On the tour you will have the opportunity to speak with restaurant owners and workers of the High Road restaurants we visit. You will also receive a free copy of the 2013 ROC National Diners' Guide to Ethical Eating.

High Road restaurants are awarded this status on the basis of their commitment to implementing fair, worker-conscious practices at their establishments. The criteria against which restaurants are evaluated are not based only on whether they comply with all relevant laws governing employment; restaurants must also demonstrate that they pay higher wages, provide benefits such as paid sick days, and/or promote employees from within.

China Institute

Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

CHINA INSTITUTE: The Wedding Banquet Screening
125 East 65th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
FREE. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Please RSVP online.

As part of its Sinomathèque Film Series, the China Institute presents a screening of The Wedding Banquet (1993), directed by Ang Lee. Simon and Wei-Tung are a gay couple living together in New York City. Wei-Tung's parents, unaware of his sexual orientation, insist that their son marry. Simon suggests a marriage of convenience between Wei-Tung and Wei-Wei, an immigrant in need of a green card. After Wei-Tung's parents travel from Taiwan to the United States for a lackluster wedding, an old friend of the family decides to throw an elaborate banquet. (Film is in English and Mandarin, with English subtitles.)

The Korea Society image

Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

950 Third Avenue (at 57th Street), 8th floor
$10 for Korea Society members and "Food and Immigrant Life" conference attendees; $20 for others. Seating is limited, and registration is required. Please visit the Korea Society's listing to register.

What makes K-Town one of the most vibrant cultural neighborhoods in New York City?

Mother and daughter Hae Wha Pak and Christina Jang, owners of the popular K-Town restaurants Kunjip and New Wonjo respectively, share the history, successes, and challenges that have transformed 32nd Street from a one-restaurant neighborhood in 1979 to the densest restaurant block in New York City today (with 33 restaurants). These two generations of K-Town restaurateurs provide an up-close and personal look at the area. They will be joined by Dr. Jinbae Park, designer and business consultant to numerous restaurants and the Korean Cuisine Globalization Committee, who first visited K-Town in 1990 while a student at Pratt.

The conversation will be led by Elaine Louie, a writer for the New York Times’ Dining, Home, and Styles sections and a recipient of the James Beard Journalism Award for a series of stories on ethnic foods.

The evening concludes with a sampling of some of the street’s specialties.


Thursday, April 18, 2013, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

FEET IN 2 WORLDS and STREETWISE NEW YORK: Lower East Side Walking Food Tour (starts and ends at The New School, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, location of the first conference session)
$25; includes a variety of foods along the walk. All proceeds go to Feet in 2 Worlds. Seating is limited, and RSVP is required. Please RSVP to feetintwoworlds@gmail.

This fundraising food tour of the Lower East Side is a collaboration between Feet in 2 Worlds, a media project at The New School that features the work of immigrant journalists, and the tour company Streetwise New York. As we walk the tenement-lined streets of the LES, we'll get to know the stories and struggles of both recent and earlier immigrants and the food traditions they brought with them from around the world. We'll snack on globe-spanning treats that have become decidedly local—mingling our inner Jacob Riis with our inner Anthony Bourdain. The snacks—Jewish, Latin American, and East Asian—will taste even better after being seasoned with the significance of their sociohistorical context. Visit Streetwise New York's website for descriptions of other tours.

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