• For The Culture

    Food, Family, and Traditions: A Singaporean-American Chinese Lunar New Year

    Though Chinese New Year has drawn to a close, APC community member Natasha Wan wanted to share what this special holiday means to her and how it connects to her Singaporean-American identity: The world of Chinese New Year is very different than the everday hustle and bustle of Singapore. Cousins run around, aunts gossip, and uncles do what uncles do best: eat food and talk politics. When I was young, I would visit Singapore every year for a whole month during this time and meet up with relatives and friends for weeks of food, celebration, and laughter! I would get to see my baby cousins, and play with my lifelong…

  • For The Culture,  Writing

    The Colors of Gumbo

    My lineage traces all the way back to the strawberry fields of Ponchatoula, Louisiana and because of that, every Thanksgiving, my family and I have to make gumbo. When my grandmother makes gumbo, it’s like magic. The house comes alive with spices, laughter, and stories of moments long gone. In memory of these special memories of Thanksgiving with my family, I wrote a short story about how my grandmother first learned to make gumbo from her late mother, who we affectionately dub, “Mawmaw.”  The Colors of Gumbo  By Tyler Newman The old book was dusty and seemed to sigh as Mawmaw heaved it off the top shelf of her kitchen. “Diane,” she…