Actor Ming-Na Wen will host a documentary series called “The Sweet and the Sour” that explores Asian American food culture.
In the series, Wen will take a celebrity guest on a culinary journey delving into a specific aspect of the Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander communities. Through sampling dishes and recipes, the show will explore immigrant stories and dispel cultural misconceptions and stereotypes.
Credited as co-creator of the series alongside Steven Garcia, the project is a personal one for Wen, who grew up around her family’s Chinese restaurant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
My parents were foodies before that label was invented. Their passion for food became my passion. The incredible meals they made not only nourished my body, their food enriched my understanding and appreciation for my Chinese culture and heritage. Later in life, I became fascinated with the connection food offered to people from different backgrounds.
She continues by noting, “Food affects us on every level and generates emotions, memories, and lessons about other cultures.”
Wen, who recently received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, is slated to release her first cookbook next year.