Lebanese food culture, Karima Hazim

Karima Hazim shares the motivation behind her efforts to document and share Lebanese food culture and how it relates to the history of the migrant experience.

One of the ways Karima is doing this is through Sunday Kitchen, a cooking class she runs with her mother whose family left Lebanon at the start of the civil war in the 1970s and migrated to Australia where traditional recipes, ingredients and cooking methods were passed down through the generations.

The images above are of Karima and her mother Sivine hosting Sunday Kitchen and were supplied by Karima Hazim with photo credits to Luisa Brimble.

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Karima had been a student of Fashion Design at UTS and went on to create her own small fashion label. She tells the story of her experiences meeting with tailors in regional Vietnam and how she found a way to overcome the language barriers and cultural differences by relating through food.

A radio version of this conversation was first broadcast on 2SER 107.3FM.

Thanks to Karima for supplying the below photos that correspond to her experiences in Vietnam.

(Above) Karima with her tailor at the time, Mr Anh Bong, who she grew to adore and respect very much, and her friend Hong who would translate.

(Above) Karima with her other tailor at the time, Ms Chi Dung, and her family who treated Karima like part of their family, and with whom Karima shared some of the most incredible meals during her visits.

(Above) Karima at the fabric markets on the border of Vietnam and China.

These images are owned by Karima Hazim and were supplied for use by the Wide Open Air Exchange.

The theme music is derived from ‘Tuesday Morning’ by The Pogues written by Spider Stacy.

One thought on “Lebanese food culture, Karima Hazim

  1. Congratulations Karima , we all so proud of your achievements your success determination to continue showing the world how healthy is our food 😘 healthy food healthy life 👌good work beautiful 🙏

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