In a hot summer morning we participants of the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program and members of the coordinating group tour a Hmong Family garden in the peripheral of Clovis, California. This was part of a cultural exchange activity we engage in last weekend at one of the fellow’s house-Mr. Bee.
Bee invited us at his house to learn how to cook and eat egg rolls and papaya salad. Throughout the activity Mr. Bee engaged us into cultural related conversations. He talk to us how the Hmong community in Fresno continue to cook with their traditional recipes like the papaya salad. He also clarify some information about Hmong culture. He told us for example that egg rolls are not Hmong authentic food but Chinese.
This Hmong cultural kitchen event is only one of may events we have attended as part one and half year program organized by Pan Valley Institute where we aim to explore culture, the art through cultural organizing and Popular Education principles.