06-24 November 2019

Festivals & Events

Asian in America



Tuesday, November 12
6:30 - 8:30pm
The Pig and the Lady
83 N King St, Honolulu, HI 96817


ASIAN IN AMERICA is a symbolic exhibition and dining experience that explores the complex narrative of the Asian American identity through food and drink, virtual reality, spoken word and poetry. The ingredients, cooking techniques, and alternating presentations of poetry and virtual reality recreations (made in Tilt Brush), takes you on a multi-sensory journey through the trials and triumphs of the Asian American identity, addressing topics such as cultural hierarchies in the food system, the lack of the individualism granted to minorities and the model minority myth.

For one night only, HIFF is partnering with the acclaimed Studio ATAO to bring this unique dining experience to Hawai'i.

Please note: this event has sold out.

To see what you're missing out on, follow us on Instagram: @hiffhawaii and @studioatao.





  At HIFF39, ASIAN IN AMERICA takes the form of a three-course dining experience paired with two unique cocktails and three short pieces of virtual reality - designed and prepared by the Studio ATAO team and presented at The Pig and the Lady, one of Honolulu’s great restaurants.  


$120 (Dinner + Cocktails)

$80 (Dinner)




"You Make Asian Food, Right?"


Black sesame & dark rye noodles served with "dim sum" style baby clams, snow peas and habanero chutney, topped with a beet pickled quail egg and applewood smoke.





Aem fermented boneless beef shortribs. Japanese yam puree. Pea vines. Nigella seed. "Bun mam" style broth.

**late addition**




Model Minority


Crispy veal sweetbreads with edamame, oyster mushroom and celtuce covered by a rice gel sheet, served with Shanghai style sweet & sour sauce nestled within a chrysanthemum "maze".




Fancy Because It's French


Red bean mousse "mooncake" with a salted duck egg custard center encased in cocoa butter and oolong tea biscuit.




Eggs & Bananas


An alcoholic take on the cream cheese tea craze, with French oak infused bai jiu (Chinese grain liquor), oolong tea, amaro montenegro and chili oil.




Revisionist History


An aromatic, smoky and savory cocktail with batavia arrack (Indonesian sugarcane and red rice liquor), sake, lapsang souchong and citrus syrup.




Virtual Reality (VR) is part of a wave of technologies rapidly changing the way we engage with media and the world. Whether it brings us face-to-face with species on the verge of extinction, to the frontlines of marginalised communities, or to the surface of the moon, VR helps us to engage with images in even-more intimate ways than conventional cinema.

In 2019, HIFF is excited to bring its virtual reality exhibits to more users, across more locations and with more projects. Over the Veteran’s Day long weekend, HIFF is proud to present a free VR program held across two locations in Kakaako: the HIFF Virtual Cinema at SALT at our Kakaako, and the HIFF VR Lounge at the Entrepreneur's Sandbox. With a mixture of family-friendly animations, hilarious comedies and incredible works of interactive art, HIFF VR is an exciting way to experience the possibilities of emerging storytelling technologies. We are also excited to expand our free VR program to schools and colleges in Honolulu, opening the possibilities of new media technologies to the next generation of creators.




The mission of the New American Perspectives program – presented by the Vilcek Foundation – is to highlight the contributions of immigrant filmmakers and content creators in contemporary cinema and multimedia arts in the United States. 

The Vilcek Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in America and fosters appreciation of the arts and sciences. The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to support the filmmakers and content creators who are part of the New American Perspectives program: Creative spirits like theirs enliven and inspire cinema and multimedia storytelling - art forms that owe much to the immigrant community in the United States.



Please Note

Due to the nature of this event, we are unable to accommodate any dietary restrictions at this event.

The dinner incorporates virtual reality and will require the use of VR headsets and over-the-ear headphones. At times, a technician may need to physically touch you to adjust your headset during the event. 

Virtual reality can cause nausea and dizziness in certain people, especially those trying it for the first time. Please let us know if you would like us to monitor you throughout the event, or if you would not like to include virtual reality in your dining experience.

Emerging technology isn't perfect. We hope you understand there may be kinks and glitches in the virtual reality aspects of this event.

There will be photography and videotaping at this event. 

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