'Born And Raised' Podcast: How Food Shapes 2nd-Generation Canadians' Identities

Al Donato

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HuffPost Canada is serving up culture on a plate in a new podcast series.

"Where are you really from?" is a loaded question for children of immigrants in Canada. Part reflection, part storytelling, the "Born And Raised" podcast digs into our experiences and connections with identity, family, and culture.

We dig into the ways food fuels identity, family and culture for second-generation Canadians in our "Born And Raised: Food" podcast.

In this first season, host Angelyn Francis and reporter Al Donato focus on food, taking us through the childhood kitchens and family restaurants that second-generation Canadians called home, to discover the unique ways they negotiate their identities through what they eat.

Hungry? Episodes one and two are out now on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

Episode 1: That One Dish

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We all have favourite foods, but there's always "that one dish" that transports us into childhood memories, reminds us of people we care about, and can play a role in fostering who we are.

From left to right: Amir Ahmed, Paul Taylor, Kumari Giles speak about their favourite cultural dishes.

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Episode 2: The Family Restaurant

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Restaurants have helped many immigrant families make a living in Canada. Parents work long hours in the kitchen and on the floor serving tables so their children can have better opportunities. We investigate what happens when the kids want to get into the food biz themselves.

From left to right: caterToronto founder Vanessa Ling Yu, Tuk Tuk Canteen co-owner Mike Tan, Black Foodie founder Eden Hagos.

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"Born And Raised: Food" will dish up the rest of the series soon. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts to make sure you don't miss an episode!

Meet the team:

From left: Born And Raised reporter Al Donato, host Angelyn Francis and producer Stephanie Werner in HuffPost Canada's Toronto studio.

Hosts:

  • Angelyn Francis: Jamaican/Chinese roots, born and raised in Toronto. Comfort food: red-pea soup
  • Al Donato: Filipino roots, born and raised in Toronto. Comfort food: palabok

Producers:

  • Stephanie Werner: German/Chinese roots, born and raised in Vancouver. Comfort food: potato dumplings
  • Al Donato

Executive producers:

  • Lisa Yeung: Chinese-Trinidadian roots, born and raised in Toronto. Comfort food: callaloo and stew chicken
  • Andree Lau: Chinese roots, born and raised in Vancouver. Comfort food: congee


About Born And Raised:

HuffPost Canada's "Born And Raised" is an ongoing series featuring the stories and perspectives of second-generation Canadians. Want to join the conversation? Email us at bornandraised@huffpost.com

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