It’s a bit strange that since I’m Asian you’d think I would eat more Chinese food. I mean, I do know how to make a fair amount of different foods, and especially living in San Francisco you’d think I’d eat more Chinese food simply because I have access to it all the time. In fact, eating Chinese food is quite the rare event for me. Recently, I finally did get a chance to try Wonderland, which is only about 2 blocks from where I live. I had heard that this place is pretty good especially since they have many tofu and vegetarian options (including meatless chicken). I will say, the food here was quite good and considering it’s so close, if I were someone who ordered Chinese food more, I would definitely have this place on my short list of favorites!


Kung Pow Tofu


Salt and Pepper Meatless Chicken

May is Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. At my school, we have three huge celebrations throughout the school year: Latino, African American, and Asian/Pacific Islander. Our last big one in May is Asian/Pacific Islander. Our theme this year was Out of the Margins, Into the Light, which I thought was very appropriate considering the current social climate in our country. My students did so much to prepare for this celebration/presentation in a short amount of time. We read four books and learning about character, setting, and sequencing of events. We watched various videos about cultural customs in a number of different countries. Then we put it all together in a video to show the school. I can’t show you the video here online, but you can see a small glimpse of what we did below!


Wall display of some of our work


Just the cutest class picture ever!

As part of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, my class read Bee-Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park. We did a bunch of exercises related to their book and as a finale, I decided to actually buy some Bee-Bim Bop and share it with the class. I had to buy it the night before so we had to heat it up and mix all the ingredients before trying it out. We talked about what is socially acceptable to do if you don’t like the food and I was really impressed by how they reacted to trying this new food. Then as a response, the students cut paper to make their own Bee-Bim Bops!


So excited!


Mixing all the ingredients


More mixing


Trying some Bee-Bim Bop!


Making their own Bee-Bim Bop with cut paper

It’s almost Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month at our school, which means we’re gearing up for our big celebration in May. For one of our mini project, I showed my students a video of one of the big lantern festivals in Taiwan that happen every year. Then we made mini lanterns on card stock paper that they decorated then cut out. The only bad thing about this project is that since no kindergartner or first grader can be trusted with brass tacks or tying real knots, I ended up tying a billion knots and fitting brass tacks through a million holes. It was all worth it though because their lanterns turned out so cute!


Working hard on the lanterns


Our mini lanterns!

The Asian Art Museum will occasionally have free admission days (thanks to Target, I think). This is always nice because who doesn’t love getting to visit a museum for free when it normally costs money. I just love that feeling! Anyway, my sister was in the City for work and stayed a day extra so we were looking for some things to do during her extra time here. It just so happened that this was during one of the Asian’s free admission days (back in March)! So we went. I feel like one of the best things about going to a museum for free is that I can enjoy it without feeling pressured to “get my money’s worth”. This meant that there were certain sections like with all the millions of Buddhas that I just didn’t want to spend all that much time in, so I strolled through it pretty quickly. When I pay for admission though, I feel pressured to look at everything more closely, which is both good and bad.

Anyway, I particularly enjoyed the special maps exhibit at the Asian. And the Islamic art section really reminded me of an art museum I visited in Kuala Lumpur, which I thought was just so cool since it’s stuff we don’t see on a regular basis.

An Asian photo adventure:

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