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  • September 7, 2023


September 7, 2023 | 6pm
Massy Arts Society | 23 East Pender Street, Vancouver, BC. 

(From Eventbrite page):

In commemoration of the 116th anniversary of the 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver, artist and author Henry Tsang will be reviving his RIOT FOOD HERE pop-up food art project. Chef Kris Barnholden will be recreating the original menu that reflects five cuisines that the people in the area at the time of the riot: European, Chinese, Japanese, Indigenous and Punjabi. 

RIOT FOOD HERE was installed in 4 locations over 4 weekends in May and June 2018. These sites track the route taken by the Asiatic Exclusion League’s parade and demonstration demanding a White Canada, inciting a mob that attacked Chinatown and Powell Street for the following two days. The project launched with a walking tour led by Michael Barnholden, author of Reading the Riot Act: A Brief History of Riots in Vancouver, which inspired Henry to create 360 Riot Walk, a 360 video walking tour of the 1907 riots, which in turn further developed and expanded into the recently released book, WHITE RIOT: The 1907 Anti-Asian Riots in Vancouver (Arsenal Pulp Press).

Henry will reflect on his motivations and experiences in creating and presenting RIOT FOOD HERE, as well as 360 Riot Walk and White Riot, accompanied by the food offerings.

Candied salmon with pickled spruce tips
Sweet corn congee with bbq pork
Lentil Daal with naan
Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, with horseradish
Sweet red bean mochi

RIOT FOOD HERE stimulates dialogue and awareness of this historic event as a way to reflect upon the ongoing struggle since colonial times about who has the right to live and eat here. Join us for a taste of the times and lively conversation.