The Museum of Food and Drink located in the heart of Brooklyn has started a series dating back to June 2018 (I believe) highlighting Chinese/Cantonese food and how it has affected American society with Chinese/Hong Kong natives migrating to the United States. As an American born Cantonese, it interested me to learn more about our cultural existence in the States. Also, I thought it’d be an interesting learning experience to learn from another lens of what has been possibly a mainstream conception and viewpoint of how Chinese/Cantonese people invaded American culture/society.
As you walk into the museum, you’re greeted by the front desk to check-in. Once you’re done with that you’ll notice a divider of 7,777 oyster pails that you can walk into to make an Instagrammable moment. Though past the photo-op, you will notice a very small showroom showcasing Cantonese/Chinese road to America and the series of events of hardships, societal struggles, and victories.
And if you signed up for the Chow Experience, you’ll get to enjoy three dishes at the end of the exhibit: one from a San Francisco restaurant, Wo-Hop from Chinatown, NYC and a Chinese dessert.
As much as I wasn’t a fan of the food selection for various reasons which I will not get into, I had found the Museum of Food + Drink as a great learning experience in many ways. One of those lessons was learning about the hardships Chinese/Cantonese people had to face to create a better community for future generations. Secondly, how Cantonese food has shaped America and American society. And thirdly, a very important lesson of truly embracing who I am as a person and to know that even as an individual, every move we make can help make and educate the world to becoming a better place.