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What Artists Bring to the Table: Amanda Huynh

Join us for a day of delicious food-making and engaging conversations as Vancouver-based artist Amanda Huynh presents Diasporic Dumplings, an on-going project that explores a sense of territory and resilience through bite-sized tastings of ingredients harvested from the immediate surroundings. The project considers indigenous plants, as well as the invasive species that have adapted to a new life, far away from home. In the future, as we cope with climate change and increased migration, we will have to deeply reconsider the food that can nourish us, physically, and emotionally.

Every culture has its dumpling. During the workshop, participants will be making Chinese-style dumplings. Participants will learn a variety of dumpling folds, hear stories of migration, and leave with an adaptable recipe card for vegetarian fillings. During the discussion, participants will dialogue around food and race while enjoying dumplings.

Both workshop and discussion are free, but registration is required as attendance is limited.

Running from July to November, What Artists Bring to the Table is a food series exploring the artistic practices of cultivating and cooking food. The series central theme is how food is both a political act, as through eating we are supporting different systems, and a cultural act, which can both reaffirm one’s own identity, but also assist us to see other’s worldviews. Each event will feature two components: a hands-on workshop, where participants will work with the artist to make a food product, and a discussion, where participants will have a larger conversation about food while sampling the food from the workshop.

Location: Oaklands Community Centre (2827 Belmont Ave #1, Victoria, BC V8R 4B2)

Oaklands Community Centre is on a ground-level floor, with no stairs throughout the building. There are four single-stall gender-neutral bathrooms, two which are wheelchair accessible and one offering a baby change table. The Centre offers ample free street parking and is on the #4 bus route, with the closest stop being at Hillside and Gosworth.

The Oaklands Community Centre sits on the unceded and traditional territory of the Lkwungen-speaking peoples, today known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and WSÁNEĆ Nation.

Image credit: Amanda Huynh