Life Stories Spanning Continents
This map animates the full text of the 51 vendor profiles as written in the book The World Eats Here. These vendor profiles were closely adapted from the vendors’ interviews for the Queens Night Market Vendor Stories Oral History Project, and most include large chunks of first person quotes from the interview. While the vendor profiles in the book (most a page or two) don’t come close to reflecting the diversity of stories shared in the long form interviews they draw from, they do reflect most of the big geographic moves the vendors have made over the course of their lifetimes, either in person, or through travels of the mind, as their parents and grandparents have passed down culinary knowledge from their homelands. And there have been many times as many Queens Night Market Vendors over the years than there were included in The World Eats Here. So this map reflects just a fraction of the possible journeys of the mind one could embark upon on any given night at the Queens Night Market, talking to the vendors there and learning their life stories, and the generational travels of the food they sell.
Past Queens Night Market Press Coverage
2015: This word cloud, made up of all major English-language press coverage the Queens Night Market got in 2015 (56 articles total), shows the 185 most frequent words that appear in these articles. The Queens Night Market launched a Kickstarter campaign in February, and opened for the first time in May. As you’ll see, the name of the Queens Night Market’s founder, “Wang,” is prominently featured, as are the most essential features of the market, “night,” “vendors”, “queens,” “food,” “international”–as many of these first articles were simply informing the public about the new phenomenon that had just arrived in New York City, and explaining how it came to be.