In Canada, diversity is represented as “an ethnicity + a hyphen + Canadian.” But what if you are one of the many people who don’t fit into an obvious category? What if your background is a hybrid of ancestries and you live “in the hyphen”—somewhere in between, where cultural identities overlap? This program examines the experiences of poet Fred Wah and six other Canadians with one parent from a European background and one from a visible minority. As globalization increasingly blurs borders of all kinds, Living in the Hyphen offers a provocative glimpse of a future in which hyphens give way to a celebration of mixed heritages.
With help from a professional nutritionist and the wide-ranging opinions of everyday consumers, this program investigates the factors that determine which foods we love—and which foods we just can’t stomach. Viewers learn about a variety of social, psychological, and biological influences. Specific topics include the concept of satiety—our bodies telling us whether we are hungry or full—as well as the impact of culture, religion, lifestyle, peer relationships, and the media. For aspiring culinary artists, restaurant managers, and institutional menu planners, this is a rewarding exploration of the positive and negative associations people develop with food over time. Viewable/printable educational resources are available online.