Chinatown Ghosts

Turning point meals are filled with possibility.

They have the potential to change characters’ circumstances and to shift their perspectives. Sometimes, these meals even move beyond the confines of a specific text and work to reshape the larger literary landscape and the country’s cultural fabric.

Jim Wong-Chu’s book of poetry Chinatown Ghosts, which was first published in 1986, is teeming with food narratives and meals that mark a significant turning point in Canadian literature. These poems and Wong-Chu’s other literary work—as a founding member of the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop and a co-creator of the first Asian Canadian literary anthology in 1979 (Inalienable Rice: A Chinese and Japanese Canadian Anthology)—helped to foster an Asian-Canadian writing tradition (Kamboureli 315; Chao ix).
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Miso Soup and Pork Tonkatsu

Recipe Notes (by Alexia Moyer)

The novel: Hiromi Goto’s Chorus of Mushrooms.

The meal: Miso soup. Pork tonkatsu served with raw cabbage, rice and tonkatsu sauce.

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Canadian Culinary Imaginations: A Symposium of Literary and Visual Fare

Are you researching food in Canadian literature or the arts?  Is your creative practice informed by all things culinary?  If so, then you will want to submit a proposal to the Canadian Culinary Imaginations Symposium, which will bring together a diverse group of scholars and artists interested in exploring food-related culture from a Canadian perspective. The symposium will take place from February 19th – 20th, 2016 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Richmond campus, located near the Landsdowne Skytrain Station (on the Canada Line) with convenient access to Vancouver’s International Airport.

The symposium will coincide with the launch of the public art exhibition Artful Fare: Conversations about Food, featuring the collaborative art projects of KPU Fine Arts and English students as they engage in creative-critical dialogues about food in Canadian poetry.

The complete call for papers  is listed below as well as contact information.  The deadline for presentation proposals is November 12, 2015.  We look forward to seeing some of you in February!

CALL FOR PAPERS:
Canadian Culinary Imaginations: A Symposium of Literary and Visual Fare

February 19 – 20, 2016
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Richmond Campus)
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Apple or Cherry Pie

As Shelley pointed out in her introduction to our latest series over on The CanLitFare Blog, “Turning Point Meals” can alert us to a change in character – or rather, to a character’s changing relationship to the world in which s/he lives.

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“Wild Turkeys” from Beth Brant’s short story collection, Food and Spirits gives us Violet, and apple pie.

On her way home from a visit with her grandmother – the first in a long while – Violet makes a pit stop in purported Turkey capital of Michigan, Fairview, at Rita’s Diner. She has two hours left of driving and she could use a coffee. She’s been here before. She used to live nearby . . . with an abusive husband . . . until she left.
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