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Stance Podcast

Stance is an independent award-winning arts and culture podcast run by journalist and curator Chrystal Genesis.

Guests so far include musician Four Tet, singer-producer Nao, authors Yaa Gyasi, Sayaka Murata & Valeria Luiselli, lawyer and campaigner Gina Miller, singer Jessie Ware, poets Fatimah Asghar, John Cooper Clarke & Kate Tempest, actor Riz Ahmed, Me Too founder Tarana Burke, playwrights Inua Ellams, Natasha Gordon & Sabrina Mahfouz, writer and activist Janet Mock, DJ-producer Kaytranada, Choreographer Hofesh Shechter and artists Larry Achiampong, The Singh Twins & Juliana Huxtable.

Topics covered include Manchesters LGBTQ+ Story, On Beauty, The Class Ceiling in the Arts, Modern Mumbai, Sex, The Female Prison Experience, Demystifying Yoga and Donald Glover’s Atlanta. Stance loves to explore and has visited locations including Mumbai in India, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Bergen in Norway, Paris in France and New York, LA & Philadelphia in the US in search of original stories and fresh perspectives.

Stance was awarded Best Arts & Culture Show and Rising Star in the Online Radio Awards 2018, nominated for Best Arts and Culture and Best Current Affairs as part of the British Podcast Awards 2019, included in The Observer and The Times annual Best Podcasts list, and has been Podcast of the Week in publications including The FT, Grazia, and The Guardian.

Stance is produced by Chrystal Genesis, Zara Martin and Saskia Sewell. @stancepodcast

May 1, 2023

We visit New York City’s Chinatown with culinary historian, cookbook author, and campaigner Grace Young. The largest in the US, it is known for an abundance of markets, eateries, multi-generational businesses, and independent stores serving New Yorkers and tourists from all over the world. It is home to a predominantly Chinese Asian diaspora dating back to the mid-1800s and today this area includes communities from Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, and more. 

On a tour through the area, Grace guides Chrystal around Chinatown’s streets and landmarks. They begin at 65 Mott Street, the oldest tenement building in NYC, followed by a visit to Mee Sum Cafe, a local hangout since 1967 and now a household name known for its casual setting, Zongzi Chinese tamales, ginger tea, and small plates. Together they explore Grace’s favorite food markets, fishmongers and bakeries in the area. 

To end, Chrystal visits Grace’s home where she learns about the art and history of the wok, and how to make the perfect stir fry. In conversation with Chrystal, Grace shares why Chinatown is a living encyclopedia, the still felt impact of COVID-19 and anti-Asian racism, and the importance of supporting Chinatown’s history and future. 

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