“Hot Pot Talks” is a virtual talk show series hosted by David Ng and Jen Sungshine, founding members of the Vancouver Artist Labour Union Co-Operative (VALU CO-OP), which is an artist-run worker co-operative whose goal is to provide flexible, living wage income to artists. VALU CO-OP’s studio is in Chinatown, and the organization has a mandate to do collaborative projects that are accountable to the Chinatown community. “Hot Pot Talks” invites artists, activists, and other cultural workers to share stories and strategies for doing intersectional, anti-racist social justice work through the labour movement, through the co-op model, and through art and culture.
The past 2 years have brought to the surface, already existing “yellow peril” narratives remerging again during the pandemic. We’ve seen Chinatowns and elders targeted by racial violence and vandalism. We’ve seen a rise of “Boba Liberal” organizing around #StopAsianHate demands for “hate crime legislation”, which is pro-police, pro-surveillance, that harms Black and Indigenous communities. We’ve seen gentrification eating away the souls of Chinatowns and other BIPOC communities seemingly with no end in sight. We are bitter… bitter orientals indeed.
How do we organize against (anti-Asian) xenophobia, and the anti-Black and anti-Indigenous systems that produce it? How do we talk about anti-Asian violence while talking about abolition? How do we understand ourselves better by honouring the past while collectively building a just future?
We are here to challenge and delight your senses, to enjoy and explore new tastes and ideas, while ringing in the Lunar New Year… all around the Hot Pot table!
Season 3 premieres Feb 9, 2022. Full lineup here.