Asia Bistro might be one of the most recognisable series from Hiền Hoàng. In them, she explores her identity as a Vietnamese woman living abroad, drawing on and exposing stereotypes to reflect on her own identity. Hiền found in food a powerful metaphor to challenge these stereotypes that often reduce entire cultures to simplistic narratives.
“Taste is a universally recognisable and emotionally charged aspect of culture. Food is linked to a strong cultural identity value that connects to memories and feelings of belonging. But sometimes this can be simplified to a single way of understanding and hegemonising a specific region of the world.”