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‘I was the only one doing it’: TV chef icon Martin Yan on 43 years of sharing Asian American cuisine
- Television chef Martin Yan spoke to NextShark about his 43 years in the industry, discrimination he has faced, the meaning of “authenticity” in cooking, and how he has become more vocal in advocating for Asian American communities.
- In his new web series called “MY Chinatown,” Yan hopes to support the communities around him, saying he has become “more vocal” in his advocacy in the past few years.
- “The Chinese have been living in Chinatown, have been working hard in Chinatown, have been contributing to the economy of the U.S., the tourism of California and the city, for 160 years! We are part of America. It’s a melting pot. Why do you have to hate us?” he said.
Chef Martin Yan has spent 43 years sharing Asian American culture and cooking on broadcast television – now he hopes to engage in more activism with his “MY Chinatown” series.
When Martin Yan joins the Zoom call, he instantly glides into TV presenter mode. After settling in with his AirPods, he cheerily walks me through the Chinese New Year decorations that have taken up the majority of his kitchen.
- Released today on HBO Max, “Take Out with Lisa Ling” is a six-episode docuseries focused on Asian food and Asian American history.
- The show follows the award-winning journalist as she travels across the country and meets restaurateurs from various Asian backgrounds.
- Ling co-executive produced the show with Helen Cho and David Shadrack Smith.
Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling’s new docuseries on Asian cuisines and their histories across the U.S. debuts on HBO Max today.
“Take Out with Lisa Ling,” which consists of six episodes, follows Ling’s journey across the U.S. to meet restaurateurs from various Asian backgrounds. For the first time, they are able to share their personal stories to a wide audience.