In-Depth Reporting on Food and Ethnic Identity in NYC
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NEW YORK, December 1, 2011 - The New School's Feet in Two Words immigrant journalism project has launched a new series of podcasts and multimedia coverage of food issues in New York City's immigrant communities. FOOD IN TWO WORLDS explores the many intersections of food and immigrant culture by tapping into Feet in Two Worlds' network of journalists who represent New York's many ethnic and immigrant communities. Feet in Two Worlds is a project of the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School's Milano School for International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.

"For many New Yorkers, cuisine provides the first taste of another culture," said John Rudolph, Executive Producer of the Feet In Two Worlds Project. "Food In Two Worlds uses this access point to examine the experience of New York City's dynamic immigrant neighborhoods and enclaves."

FOOD IN TWO WORLDS has already explored what food reveals about immigrants' political, economic, and cultural lives with reports from a Filipino pop-up restaurant in the East Village; the food-rich streets of "Little India" in Queens; and a food business expo in Manhattan. Contributing journalists include Feet In Two Worlds participants Haitian-American chef and food columnist Nadge Fleurimond, Stella Chan (reporter with the Chinese language newspaper Sing Tao Daily New York), Filipino-American freelance writer Aurora Almendral, Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong, and Juhie Bhatia, an Indian/Canadian/American journalist who is the Managing Editor of Women's eNews and the Public Health Editor of Global Voices Online.

In addition to being posted on Feet In Two World's website (, FOOD IN TWO WORLDS podcasts are featured at WNYC's Culture site, WNYC has partnered with Feet In Two Worlds since 2005 as part of an arrangement to further promote immigrant and ethnic journalism on the web.

"Food provides a unique entry point to the complex realities of migration not only in NYC, but also at the national and international level, highlighting dynamics of cultural adaptation, appropriation, and marginalization in a global framework," said Fabio Parasecoli, Coordinator of Food Studies at The New School. "Furthermore, migrant labor plays an essential in food production in the United States. Migrants' involvement in production, retail, and restaurant service - positions can provide newcomers with opportunities for upward mobility and integration in the economic system of the host country."

"WNYC has had a long and fruitful partnership with Feet in Two Worlds," said Patricia Willens, Editor of Content Partnerships, WNYC. "Food-related reports are very popular among our listeners, so this latest series is a fantastic opportunity to bring stories from under-reported communities to a larger audience and learn about wonderful new foods at the same time."

Feet in Two Worlds brings the work of immigrant- and ethnic-media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the web. Since 2005, this award-winning project has expanded the diversity of voices and stories on public radio by presenting the work of journalists representing a broad spectrum of immigrant communities including Arab, Bosnian, Brazilian, Chinese, Haitian, Indian, Irish, Latin American, Pakistani, Polish, and Russian immigrants.

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