Call for recipes: World Wide Wontons, led by Asia-Art-Activism

Food remains a powerful connector across different borders, and we invite you to join us in co-creating an online resource that celebrates our histories and practices of all types of food-making.

Rock the Hot Pot is a project presented by Asia-Art-Activism (Annie Jael Kwan, Cuong Pham and Howl Yuan) in collaboration with Arts Catalyst as part of Migration Matters Festival. It centres food as politics and opens up discussions around the local, migration, identity and belonging. The global covid-19 pandemic and social distancing measures means we're sadly unable to host a hotpot in Sheffield as we had originally planned. However, we look forward to 2021 where we will reconvene joyously over bubbling steam in Sheffield. 
In the meantime, through this time of separation, we continue to aim to build community and thus open up an online resource initiative, World Wide Wontons, through the collective gathering and sharing of recipes, stories and histories of food. The story of the wonton is one of both tradition and innovation, of home and migration, of using what we can find at hand, of deliciousness inside and outside, healing and sharing for the local village. 
Throughout the Migration Matters Festival (15 - 21 June) and beyond, we invite you to send us your recipes, food stories and images via to be included as part of an online resource that will be launched this summer. Further details are included below. Please email us your stories, recipes and images.
This event forms part of Arts Catalyst's ongoing programme Recentring AttentionArts Catalyst’s strand of programme that informs its relocation to Sheffield.
As the festival continues, we would like to invite you to share your recipes, stories and histories of food with us – it could be a snack, a dish, a type of fruit; it could be  sweet or savoury, cold or hot, spicy or sour, or even just an ingredient. In case you're not sure where to start, here's a list of questions for you to consider:
  • What is your comfort food?
  • What is the taste of nostalgia for you?
  • Which dish reminds you of home? 
  • What is the food your family would make for a special occasion?
  • Do you have a signature dish?
  • What dish best represents you and your identity?
We encourage you to send a short text about the food; a story or a description of how you prepare it, what your relationship is with it, an image of food, or even a video to demonstrate the cooking process. Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to receiving your food stories and recipes!
Asia-Art-Activism is a cross-disciplinary and intergenerational network of artists, curators and academics investigating ‘Asia’, ‘art’ and ‘activism’ in the UK through research, dialogue, practice and collective work.
Migration Matters Festival is an annual festival bringing Sheffield's communities together through art, performance and celebration. This year’s 5 day festival seeks to celebrate this history and culture with a vibrant and inclusive series of events. Opening on the 15th June,  it runs in tandem with the UK-wide Refugee Week and this year will, together with national partners, deliver an online and digital programme which will bring people together from across the world.