Spotlight Series: The Stories & Comfort Foods of Kentucky’s Resettled Refugees with Author Aimee Zaring

Registration not required

Thursday, August 31, 2017

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Newport Branch

Description

Each year, the United States legally resettles tens of thousands of refugees who have fled their homelands. Refugees, unlike economic migrants, are forced to leave their countries of origin or are driven out by violence or persecution. As these individuals and their families struggle to adapt to a new culture, the kitchen often becomes one of the few places where they are able to return "home." Preparing native cuisine is one way they can find comfort in an unfamiliar land, retain their customs, reconnect with their past, and preserve a sense of identity.

In her book, Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods, Aimee Zaring shares fascinating and moving stories of courage, perseverance, and self-reinvention from Kentucky's resettled refugees.  The author interviewed 23 refugees from over 12 different countries and discovered that the multi-sensory act of preparing and cooking a meal together seems to tap into our collective consciousness, reminding us not only of our most basic human commonalities but also the rich cultural heritage each of us brings to the table.

Whether shared at farmers' markets, restaurants, community festivals, or simply among friends and neighbors, these native dishes contribute to the ongoing evolution of American comfort food just as the refugees themselves are redefining what it means to be American.

Join author Aimee Zaring as she shares stories and reaches across the table to explore the universal language of food.  Ms. Zaring will be joined by Pastor Thomas Kap of Northern Kentucky, a Burmese refugee interviewed for her book.

Mr. Jonathan Azami, an Iranian immigrant and owner of House of Grill in Covington, will provide Persian appetizers and desserts for guests to sample!  Before the evening concludes you may adopt a new comfort food and story of your own!  The Library wishes to thank Mr. Azami for his generous contribution to the event!

https://kentuckyhouseofgrill.com/

Aimee Zaring has taught English language instruction to immigrants from over 25 different countries through numerous community organizations and corporations.  She is a recipient of the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council.  Her writing has appeared in Arts Across Kentucky, Edible Louisville, The Courier-Journal and other publications.

A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

Age range: All

Snacks provided

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Each year, the United States legally resettles tens of thousands of refugees who have fled their homelands. Refugees, unlike economic migrants, are forced to leave their countries of origin or are driven out by violence or persecution. As these individuals and their families struggle to adapt to a new culture, the kitchen often becomes one of the few places where they are able to return "home." Preparing native cuisine is one way they can find comfort in an unfamiliar land, retain their customs, reconnect with their past, and preserve a sense of identity.

In her book, Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods, Aimee Zaring shares fascinating and moving stories of courage, perseverance, and self-reinvention from Kentucky's resettled refugees.  The author interviewed 23 refugees from over 12 different countries and discovered that the multi-sensory act of preparing and cooking a meal together seems to tap into our collective consciousness, reminding us not only of our most basic human commonalities but also the rich cultural heritage each of us brings to the table.

Whether shared at farmers' markets, restaurants, community festivals, or simply among friends and neighbors, these native dishes contribute to the ongoing evolution of American comfort food just as the refugees themselves are redefining what it means to be American.

Join author Aimee Zaring as she shares stories and reaches across the table to explore the universal language of food.  Ms. Zaring will be joined by Pastor Thomas Kap of Northern Kentucky, a Burmese refugee interviewed for her book.

Mr. Jonathan Azami, an Iranian immigrant and owner of House of Grill in Covington, will provide Persian appetizers and desserts for guests to sample!  Before the evening concludes you may adopt a new comfort food and story of your own!  The Library wishes to thank Mr. Azami for his generous contribution to the event!

https://kentuckyhouseofgrill.com/

Aimee Zaring has taught English language instruction to immigrants from over 25 different countries through numerous community organizations and corporations.  She is a recipient of the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council.  Her writing has appeared in Arts Across Kentucky, Edible Louisville, The Courier-Journal and other publications.

A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

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