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Track 3

You Are What You Eat

Room 388

Description: Food is often considered a manifestation of our identities and culture. Unfortunately, our identities are often equated with our cultural products. How does food fit into the continuing narrative of dominant culture appropriating our products and "elevating" them? How and why do others profit off our culture, and how can we combat this prevailing trend?


Kian Lam Kho

Kian Lam Kho is a food writer, cooking teacher and food consultant specializing in Chinese cuisine. He is the creator of the James Beard Foundation Awards nominated Chinese home cooking blog Red Cook (, and his first cookbook on Chinese cooking techniques, Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees: Essential Techniques of Authentic Chinese Cooking, is the recipient of the Julia Child First Book Award from IACP (International Association of Culinary Professional) in 2016. He was the consulting chefs in menu concept creation for restaurants in New York City and Fayetteville, Arkansas. He lives in New York City and teaches Chinese cooking at the Institute of Culinary Education and the Brooklyn Kitchen. He appears regularly as speaker and discussion panelist on Chinese cuisine and its history. He is also a frequent guest chef at various restaurants.

Dean Saranillio

Dean Itsuji Saranillio is an assistant professor of Asian/Pacific/American studies and American studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. His teaching and research interests are in settler colonialism and critical Indigenous studies, Asian American and Pacific Island histories, and cultural studies. Currently, he is working on a manuscript on the admission of Hawaii as a U.S. state titled Unsustainable Empire: Colliding Histories of Hawai‘i Statehood, which examines the complex interplay between different Asian American groups, Native Hawaiians and whites within historical flashpoints of interaction shaped by opposing versions of history. Saranillio’s essays have been featured in the American Quarterly, Journal of Asian American Studies, Settler Colonial Studies and several anthologies.