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November 27, 2019

Immigration is now a controversial topic, whether it’s regarding the legality to which groups are “allowed” or “welcome.” The Sea That Beckoned by poet Angela Gabrielle Fabunan illustrates her personal experience immigrating from the Philippines to New York, USA as she...

November 26, 2019

Episode: 10

Hosts: Jennifer Tran and Trami Cron

Guests: Nguyen Pham & Duy Pham

Produced by: Chopsticks Alley

Sponsor: Thomas Vo Farmers Agency

“Besides having to deal with self-identity issues, I struggled with my eating, my weight, finding a partner, seeking acceptance f...

October 1, 2019

Ensuring that the family is financially stable is a shared sentiment among most Filipino immigrant parents with American-born children. With this in mind, these Filipino American children are often not encouraged to pursue a career outside of STEM, or Science Technolog...

August 22, 2019

When writers of color share their work, their ethnic background is often taken into consideration; however, individuals are complex and contain a myriad of experiences and identities outside of their ethnicity.

Chrysanthemum Tran is a Vietnamese American poet and the f...

August 22, 2019

Episode: 9

Hosts: Jennifer Tran and Trami Cron

Produced by: Chopsticks Alley

Sponsor: Thomas Vo Farmers Agency

Welcome to Chopsticks Alley's History, Myths, and Legends Podcast Series. In this episode, we explore a classic Vietnamese tale. If you grew up in a Vietnam the...

August 13, 2019

This story is republished with permission from Kristi Yang.  Though Yang is not of Vietnamese descent, her story resonates with Vietnamese traditions.  Here is her story:

I hated everything about the Hmong culture. I hated attending weddings, gatherings, funerals,...

August 7, 2019

The Bay Area is a rich melting pot of different ethnicities, which allows for cultural crossovers and introductions. Over the past five years alone, numerous cooking and food-related publications and personalities, such as Andrew Zimmerman, Vogue, and Anthony Bourdain...

August 7, 2019

Experiencing new foods, cultures, events and festivities has always been a highlight of traveling for me when traveling.  I love getting immersed in the new environment whether it is trying new foods, checking out local markets, or enjoying the local festivals.

One fes...

July 10, 2019

Amongst the innumerable books to be read and enjoyed, there are a few that shake our core, that cause us to question and savor our own stances and the experiences that shaped these viewpoints. Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is an exploration of concepts...

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