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AP Human Geography Students Explore Food Migration

Rudy Brandl

Mr. Jon McClain's AP American Human Geography Students, working with Mrs. Nicole Nolan, Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach, participated in a three-part workshop and exploration of food migration working for the third year with Tanya Gallo and Andrew Meyer of the Living City Project 

Students experienced an introductory workshop with Ms. Gallo and Mr. Meyer on Monday, May 15 during which they learned about food migration throughout history, how it relates to Manhattan's Lower East Side and surrounding region (including New Jersey), and were introduced to their independent food migration projects. Students then worked during class with Mr. McClain throughout the week to organize their project plans. 

On Friday, May 19, students and teachers traveled via train to Lower Manhattan for a Lower East Side historical walking and food tour. Students learned about the rich cultural history of the neighborhood, interviewed shop owners and Wellington Chen, Executive Director of the Chinatown Partnership, and enjoyed foods such as dim sum, pickles, bialys, and pastrami and latkes at the world famous Katz's Delicatessen. 

After the excursion into New York, students were tasked with completing their personal food migration projects. Working in pairs, students studied their family's food migration story as well as the stories of food establishments in their local communities. On Thursday, May 25, students prepared dishes representing their food migration story, and presented their final projects - including videos of their food preparations. The students, along with Mrs. Nolan, Mr. McClain, Ms. Gallo and Mr. Meyer, enjoyed the various cuisines and the stories shared.


Photos by Nicole Nolan