Tonight, tonight! Richard Fung will be in Hamilton with a special preview screening of his latest film! The screening will launch the conference that I and a group of other students and faculty at McMaster have been planning for the past year, called “Working the Frame: Comparative Approaches to Asian Canadian Literature & Culture.” Hope to see you there! Visit to see our full conference program, including the artist-activist panel that will close the conference on Friday night.

Working the Frame

We’re excited to share with you a glimpse of Richard Fung’s latest film, Dal Puri Diaspora, a preview of which will kick off the conference next week:

The recipe for dal puri traveled with indentured workers from India’s Gangetic plain to southern Caribbean colonies of Britain and the Netherlands in the 19th Century. In the 1960s the wrapped roti migrated from Trinidad to North America, where it is known as Caribbean or West Indian roti and is popular in cities like New York and Toronto. As the dish moved from home fire to street stall to restaurant chain, and from festival to fast food, the flatbread was radically transformed in ingredients, cooking method, ways of eating and identity. Shot in Toronto, Trinidad and India, this documentary tracks dal puri’s remarkable passage across space and time, linking colonialism, migration and the globalization of tastes. The documentary features interviews with leading…

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