The author Kevin Chong discusses Yin Yeung Express, food, writing, teaching in UBC’s Creative Writing Department, Mad Men, and more, with Joseph Planta.
Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there’ll be a unique culinary event called Yin Yeung Express. Each of these nights will feature a meal, four courses and stories and entertainment from the four participants: storytellers, writers, musicians. It’ll all be served up Hong Kong style, in a pop-up, open air setting. In Hong Kong these eateries are called ‘dai pai dong.’ The Friday night will be curated by Ricepaper Magazine, Saturday’s by Rain City Chronicles, and Sunday’s by the writer Kevin Chong. He joins me now to talk about his event, which I’ve just learned is already sold out. But it sounds fascinating and if you’ve got a ticket you’ll find out what Mr. Chong has in store, or you may want to check out the Friday and Saturday events. You have all manner of creative folk participating: poets, writers, novelists, comedians, and their stories revolve around the memories and nostalgia of Chinese food, especially the Hong Kong style café kind. The Kevin Chong curated event will feature JJ Lee, Charlie Demers, Madeleine Thien, and Eve Preus. Visit www.inthehousefestival.com for information and tickets. Kevin Chong is the noted writer of four books including My Year of the Racehorse and Beauty Plus Pity. His writing has appeared in a number of publications across the country and beyond. He teaches in the Creative Writing Department at UBC, and is an editor at www.joylandmagazine.com. You can follow him on Twitter; his handle is @KevinChong1975. He joins me in person today. Please welcome back to the Planta: On the Line program, Kevin Chong; Mr. Chong, good morning.