Admission: FREE – open to the public
3:30PM – 5:00PM
Food has the power to connect us to home, culture, identity, and social responsibility. Join us for an intimate, free-flowing conversation with organic farmers Mas and Marcy Masumoto (CHANGING SEASON: ON THE MASUMOTO FAMILY FARM), as they discuss the complexities of family and farming with special guests from the fields of film, contemporary art, cuisine, political activism, and cultural studies.
David “Mas” Masumoto, Author, Organic Farmer
Marcy (Thieleke) Masumoto, Author, Organic Farmer
Emily Fitzpatrick, Curator, Gendai Programming Committee
Professor Takashi Fujitani, Director of the David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, University of Toronto
Richard Fung, Artist, Filmmaker, Associate Professor, Integrated Media, OCAD U
Andil Gosine, Professor of Cultural Studies, York University
Sang Kim, Author, Chef, Food Literacy Advocate
David Mas Masumoto is an organic peach and grape farmer and the author of nine books including: Epitaph for a Peach, Wisdom of the Last Farmer, Heirlooms,Letters to the Valley, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Harvest Son, Country Voices, andSilent Strength. He, along with his wife, Marcy, and daughter, Nikiko, published a family farm cookbook, The Perfect Peachin 2013. A feature documentary, Changing Season, about the theme of succession on a family farm, will be featured at film festivals and nationally broadcast by PBS in May, 2016.
A third generation farmer, Masumoto grows organic peaches, nectarines, and raisins on an 80 acre farm south of Fresno, Calif. Masumoto is currently a columnist for The Fresno Bee and the Sacramento Bee. He was a Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow from 2006-2008. His writing awards include Commonwealth Club Silver medal, Julia Child Cookbook award, the James Clavell Literacy Award and a finalist in the James Beard Foundation awards. Wisdom of the Last Farmer was honored as “Best Environmental Writing in 2009” by National Resources Defense Council. The Perfect Peach was named by USA Today as one of best summer cookbooks in 2013. Masumoto received the “Award of Distinction” from UC Davis in 2003 and the California Central Valley “Excellence in Business” Award in 2007. He is currently a board member of the Fresno Regional Foundation and the Public Policy Institute of California. He has served on the and James Irvine Foundation from 2002-2014 and is the former chair of the California Council for the Humanities board. In 2013, President Obama appointed Masumoto the National Council on the Arts, the board for the National Endowment for the Arts. Masumoto (61) is married to Marcy Masumoto, EdD, and they have a daughter, Nikiko, 29, and a son, Korio, 22.
Marcy Masumoto (co-owner of Masumoto Family Farm for nearly 30 years) has been responsible for the selection of peach varieties, and the development of recipes and peach products. She is actively involved with management and seasonal fieldwork. Every summer, she hand-packs our specialty peaches with Nikiko and Korio. She grew up on a family goat dairy and learned how to cook, bake and preserve foods at an early age. Over the years, Marcy has cooked with many varieties of peaches and nectarines, perfecting recipes and methods of working with fresh, tree-ripened peaches and nectarines. A collection of her and Nikiko’s recipes will be available in book form in soon-to-be published The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm (Ten Speed Press, June, 2013). See Marcy’s recipes at this link.
Off the farm, Marcy has worked in the health and education fields, first starting as a nutrition advisor and advancing through management and leadership positions in pubic and nonprofit organizations. She currently works as Project Director at the Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute at Fresno State University, focusing on improving education in Central and rural California. December 1, 2012, Marcy began her first term as a Trustee on the board of the Sanger Unified School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public health education with a minor in nutrition from Loma Linda University, a master’s degree in Community Development from UC Davis, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UC Davis and CSU Fresno. Read about her doctoral research.
Mother of two (Nikiko and Korio) and wife of Mas, Marcy is loves living on the farm where she enjoys entertaining and gardening, in addition to cooking in the kitchen of the family’s 90 year-old farmhouse.
Emily Fitzpatrick is an independent curator and writer living in Toronto. She has curated exhibitions at the Carleton University Art Gallery, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and the Blackwood Gallery. With her collective Aisle 4, she co-curated projects for Art of the Danforth, the Museum of Contemporary Canada Art, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She holds a Masters of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto and was recently a Curatorial Assistant at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Gendai Gallery and Art Metropole, and is the Program Coordinator for the exhibition project Portrait + Landscape.
Emily is the lead curator of the mmmmm…gendai kitchen, a project/platform-in-progress that is an experimental, food-inspired, quarterly series of artist multiples and corresponding happenings. Gendai will commission an artist to produce a limited edition that will launch on the first day of each season (fall, winter, spring, summer). The objective of mmmmm…gendai kitchen is multifaceted and unlimited, echoing Gendai’s mandate in suggesting that the condition of food and food cultures are in constant flux, and is never complete and will never taste the same. mmmmm…gendai kitchen will provide artists the opportunity to research food from their individualized backgrounds, conducting investigations that derive from issues surrounding migration (transnational migration), mobility, mapping, myth, and magic (which are also our 5 maxims for our project). Furthermore, the art multiples produced will not be finished food products or meals, but will instead be objects that resemble remarkable tools, seasonings, ingredients, menus – wondrous items that can be imaginatively used during the process of food production and consumption.
Professor Takashi Fujitani is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Professor Fujitani comes to the University of Toronto from the University of California, San Diego, where he was a professor of modern Japanese history for two decades. Professor Fujitani’s books include Splendid Monarchy: Power and Pageantry in Modern Japan (University of California Press, 1996), Perilous Memories: The Asia Pacific War(s) (Duke University Press, 2001), and Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans in WWII (University of California Press, 2011). He has held numerous grants and fellowships, including from the John S. Guggenheim Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Stanford Humanities Center, and Social Science Research Council. He is also editor of the series Asia Pacific Modern (UC Press).
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Colonialism; Nationalism; Race; Modernity; Sovereignty; Cultural Production in the Asia-Pacific; Rethinking Area Studies; Ethnic Studies
Richard Fung is a Toronto-based video artist, writer, theorist and educator. He holds a degree in cinema studies as well as an ME in sociology and cultural studies, both from the University of Toronto. He is Associate Professor in the Integrated Media program at the Ontario College of Art and Design.
His work comprises of a series of challenging videos on subjects ranging from the role of the Asian male in gay pornography to colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS and his own family history. His tapes, which include My Mother’s Place (1990), Sea in the Blood (2000) and Uncomfortable (2005), have been widely screened and collected internationally, and have been broadcast in Canada and the United States.
His essays have been published in many journals and anthologies, and he is the co-author with Monika Kin Gagnon of 13: Conversations on Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002), recently updated and translated into French. Richard is a past Rockefeller Fellow at New York University and has received the Bell Canada Award for Lifetime Achievement in Video as well as the Toronto Arts Award for Media Art.
Fung has always seen himself as much as an educator as an artist, and in Helen Lee’s essay ‘Dirty Dozen: Playing 12 Questions with Richard Fung’ from Like Mangoes in July: The Work of Richard Fung (Images Festival and Insomniac Press, 2002), Fung says he aims to produce work which is ‘pedagogical, but hopefully not pedantic’. Richard is a public intellectual who has pushed forward the debates about queer sexuality, Asian identity and the uneasy borderlands of culture and politics.
Andil Gosine is a Professor of Cultural Studies at York University. Co-author of the groundbreaking volume Environmental Justice and Racism in Canada: An Introduction, Dr. Gosine’s research and artistic practice have been primarily concerned with imbricated iterations of ecology, desire and migration. He previously staged the performance “Rum and Roti” at REEL Asian in 2013, and is currently leading Visual Arts archival and creative projects related to legacies of indentureship.
Sang Kim is an author, chef, food literacy and anti-childhood poverty activist. He has owned and consulted for some of the most iconic modern Asian restaurants in the city of Toronto, including Blowfish, KI Modern Japanese, Ame Cuisine, KOKO! Share Bar, Yakitori Bar, Seoul Food Co., and Windup Bird Cafe.
He has published two books, Ballad Of A Karaoke Cowboy and A Dream Called Laundry. He is the 2013 recipient of the CVC/Gloria Vanderbilt Prize for the short story. His third book, Woody Allen Ate My Kimchi, a candid and hilarious behind-the-scenes look at Toronto’s top restaurants, will be launched in 2016.
He conducts Toronto’s most popular sushi making class, called Sushi Making For The Soul (www.sushimakingforthesoul.com). He also curates and hosts a number of popular culinary events, including COOK/BOOK, where he appears on stage with a famous writer and prepares with them their favourite dish.
His latest food project, called Biting Confessions: From The Food Bank To The Kitchen Counter, bringing healthy recipes and stories for children, will launch in December 2015.
He is the recipient of LCBO’s Feature Chef Award in 2013; the York West Centennial Award for his work with children in high-risk communities in 2014; Push Food Forward’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as food literacy advocate for children in 2015.