Thursday, September 2, 2010

7:30 – 9:30 pm

Admission $15

Jewish Community Center-East Bay

1414 Walnut Street

Berkeley, CA 94709


To celebrate the 2010 World Expo currently running in Shanghai and to highlight the last week of the Asian Art Museum’s historic Shanghai exhibition, the Asian Culinary Forum and the JCC-East Bay are delighted to present a panel discussion on the history of Shanghai’s Jews and their culinary experiences.

Join us for this fascination conversation about Jews exploring new flavors in China and about the culinary repercussions for Jewish families after their sojourn in Shanghai ended.  Inna Mink and Dianne Jacob will share evocative stories about Jewish communities recreating familiar foods under trying circumstances during the first half of the twentieth century.  Inna will share her experiences as a child in an Ashkenazi family living in this “Paris of the East,” while Dianne will speak about her observant Iraqi-Jewish family’s culinary traditions, which included Indian-Jewish, British and Chinese foods.  Linda Frank will moderate, a question and answer session will follow the discussion, and small samples of Shanghai street foods will be available for tasting.

Inna Mink was born in Harbin, China. At age 2 her parents moved to Shanghai. She lived in Shanghai through the war and came to the States in January l949. Inna appears in Exit Shanghai, a film directed by Ulrike Ottinger that traces the lives of several Germans, Austrians, and Russians whose paths crossed in wartime China.

Dianne Jacob enjoyed a long career as an editor and writer at newspapers, international magazines, a book publisher and a city magazine. An Oakland-based food-writing instructor and writing coach, she is the author of Will Write For Foodand the coauthor of Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas.

Linda Frank, a board member of the American Jewish Committee San Francisco Office, recently published her first novel, After the Auction, a historical mystery.



Please enjoy (and share) our video of the full event.  Thank you to our panelists, attendees, and event partners!