Michael Kim began cooking Thanksgiving dinner when he was only 13 years old. The previous year, he had quietly disapproved of his grandmother’s first well-intentioned attempt to celebrate the holiday with a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken. So, Kim, the American-born son of Korean immigrants, took over the new family custom, and for a few years manifested the meal from a Thanksgiving box kit purchased at Albertson’s grocery store. “When I was younger, I always felt on the outside of the tradition,” says Kim, 36, chef-owner of Palo Alto’s newly Michelin-starred modern-Korean restaurant, Maum. “It was just another day for us.” This divide is commonly felt among Asian Americans and other immigrants in modern U.S. society — after all, they’re new to the 400-year-old tradition and have almost no cultural context around it, save for what they’ve seen on television. In fact, watching the grandiose Macy’s Thanksgiving Day … [Read more...] about Asian American chefs in the Bay Area make Thanksgiving their own
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Long before we had kids, before we were even married, my wife, Jenny, started buying a children's book nearly every time she traveled to a new city. For a while we weren't sure we wanted to have children. But if we did, it was important to Jenny to have something beautiful, an illustrated record of where she had been, to pass on to them. So when we did end up having a baby, in the summer of 2015, we brought her home to a bookshelf already half-stocked with books. In that first year of EJ's life, I remember often reading to her from one of my favorites, "A Baobab Is Big," by Jacqui Taylor. Jenny had bought it in Cape Town, South Africa. As I read, I pointed out things to our daughter - the tree that looked like it had been planted upside down, the unfamiliar animals, the way the words rhymed - but I never said a word about the color of the main character's skin. The fact that this little boy's arms were darker than hers, darker than mine - why would I ever draw attention to that? It … [Read more...] about Children’s books can help start a conversation about race. Parents have to continue it.
LOS ALTOS HILLS (AP) — Former President Barack Obama warned Democrats on Thursday against adopting “purity tests” in the presidential primary and said any adversity the candidates face in the contest will make whoever emerges an even stronger nominee. Obama spoke to about 100 donors during a question-and-answer session with Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez in Los Altos Hills. The event came a day after the fifth Democratic presidential primary in Atlanta and as the 17-person field continues to expand, with the expected entry of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the coming days. Until recently, Obama largely refrained from opining publicly on the Democratic contest, and his move from the sidelines comes at a moment of deep uncertainty for the party. Many are jittery about the uneven candidacy of his former Vice President Joe Biden, questioning whether Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren can defeat President Donald Trump next year, … [Read more...] about Obama Warns Against Democratic Primary ‘Purity Tests’ In Bay Area Fundraiser