Asian in America@USC PAM

August 7, 2019 – August 11, 2019

Asian in America is a symbolic exhibition that explores the complex narrative of the Asian American identity through food and drink, virtual reality, spoken word and poetry. Different ingredients, cooking techniques and plating styles are used to address specific topics per course, each pertaining to the Asian American narrative – from cultural hierarchies in the food system and the lack of the individualism granted to minorities to the internalization of the “white savior” complex. Poetry and brushstroke-by-brushstroke virtual reality recreations take guests on a multi-sensory journey both visually and viscerally, offering insight to the entire process from ideation and experimentation to final creation.

The popup exhibition will open on August 7th through 11th. At the exhibition, custom-made replicas of 6 dishes representative of the Asian American experience will be available for view, alongside poetry placards and afull virtual reality program. Representatives from Studio ATAO will also be available to answer any questions about the courses, poetry and development of the VR.

For more information on Asian in America and to watch our official trailer, please visit

About the Chef/Curator and Studio ATAO

Jenny Dorsey is a professional chef, writer, and artist specializing in multi-platform storytelling fusing food with social good. She leads a nonprofit studio named Studio ATAO, is the Co-Host of Why Food? podcast on Heritage Radio Network, and runs her own culinary consulting business. Her food and work has been profiled in outlets such as Eater, Business Insider, Food & Wine, Oxygen TV, and NowTHIS.

Studio ATAO is a nonprofit production studio that creates interdisciplinary, impact-driven culinary content and live experiences. Studio ATAO partners with artists of all kinds to develop interdisciplinary programming that leverages different mediums of art, food, and emerging technology to curate an atmosphere where guests can more deeply engage with social impact topics we believe will reshape the world. Discover more about Studio ATAO and its upcoming projects at: