Chinese and Diasporic Food, Identity, and Memory: A Panel Discussion

Date: 09/24/2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Central Reading Room Event Space


The University Libraries will present “Chinese and Diasporic Food, Identity, and Memory: A Panel Discussion” on Monday, September 24 at 4pm. SBU professors and scholars Timothy August (Department of English), Nerissa Balce (Department of Asian and Asian American Studies), Shirley Lim (Department of History), and EK Tan (Department of English) will discuss the topic of food, memory, and identity in Chinese, diasporic, and colonial contexts. Please join us at this special event highlighting the Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection, fostering an engaging dialogue on this under-documented topic, and celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. We are pleased to announce Dr. Newman will be delivering opening remarks.


The program is supported by the Jacqueline M. Newman Endowed Fund. In 2002, Stony Brook University Libraries was gifted the Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection, the largest cookbook collection of its kind in the world. Dr. Newman established an endowed fund to support the collection and has made several subsequent donations of books to the University Libraries. Part of Special Collections, the Newman Collection features more than 5,000 cookbooks, books on food Chinese food culture, medicine, and history; haute cuisine magazines; archival materials; and audio visual items. These unique and scarce research materials provide a valuable record of the Chinese diaspora. All are welcome to consult and explore the collection.


Event Organizers: Stony Brook University Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives, University Libraries’ Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee
Date: Monday, September 24, 2018, 4pm to 5:15pm
Location: Central Reading Room, Melville Library
Free and open to all!


Bookings are closed for this event.

Kristen Nyitray

Kristen Nyitray

Associate Librarian; Director, Special Collections and University Archives; and University Archivist at Stony Brook University Libraries
Contact her for research assistance with rare books, manuscript collections, historical maps, and SBU history. E-mail:
Kristen Nyitray
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