How does food bring us together, and how can a wide diversity of underrepresented stories enrich all our lives and strengthen our communities? What do we need to do to really hear each other and understand how we are all related? How can learning more about each other’s foods and traditions and adaptations deepen our sense of solidarity in the face of so many national and global crises threatening to tear us apart? In this conversation, author Sun Yung Shin will discuss her recent Minnesota-based anthology What We Hunger For: Refugee & Immigrant Stories about Food & Family. She will share why we need these voices now and answer questions that participants have about the anthology and the contributors.
신 선 영 Sun Yung Shin was born in Seoul, Korea and was raised in the Chicago area. She is a poet, writer, and cultural worker. She is the editor of What We Hunger For: Refugee and Immigrant Stories on Food and Family (2021) and of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, author of poetry collections The Wet Hex; Unbearable Splendor (finalist for the 2017 PEN USA Literary Award for Poetry, winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for poetry); Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (winner of the 2007 Asian American Literary Award for poetry), co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and author of bilingual illustrated book for children Cooper’s Lesson. She lives in Minneapolis where she co-directs the community organization Poetry Asylum with poet Su Hwang.