scents of home: workshop series

Scents of Home aims to explore food through scent as a mnemonic aid. In particular, this workshop is focused on bonds created through everyday eating rituals that has kept the community and culture alive and together.

A series of essential ingredients to Vietnamese cooking are presented as fragrant oils. Stories from the Vietnamese community in Chicago accompany each fragrance. Participants are asked to reflect on these ingredients and engage their own sense of memory and identity with the goal that this exchange helps participants to understand how food is an essential ingredient to grappling with a history of forced migration and resettlement.

Lead Concept Direction: John Lee, Patricia Nguyen, Peter Nguyen

Team: Patricia Nguyen, Hac Tran, John Lee, Peter Nguyen, Nuky Pham

Photography: Ethan Caldwell of


featured at the museum of contemporary art chicago on april 4th