Since it’s summer and summer school involves shorter hours and less planning, I’ve been spending some time being a tourist in the city that I live in, San Francisco! I’ve recently taken an interest in the Polk Gulch district, for two reasons. 1 – It has such a weird name. 2 – I didn’t even realize it was a SF neighborhood until recently. While in the area, I came across The Chairman. It was listed on Yelp as a Taiwanese eatery, which intrigued me. I didn’t really understand how this place could be a Taiwanese eatery, but walking in, I was actually surprised. They offer baos! Baos are like super thick white fluffy tacos! The type they serve here are often served on the street in Taiwan. It has an opening that’s filled with various toppings. The Chairman is known for its pork belly. I have to agree that their pork belly, homemade pickled toppings, and baos are delicious! Yum! I can’t wait to go back and try some of their other options!


Menu options

Pork Belly Steamed Bao


I absolutely love literary comparison units. For Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, in my class, we did a really awesome literary comparison unit on various Asian versions of the Cinderella story. I liked this because most of the students had some idea about the traditional American Disney version. We watched a shortened video version (about 15 minutes) of it, too. Then we read 4 different Cinderellas from Asia: Korea, Persia, Cambodia, and China. The students really enjoyed comparing and contrasting the stories. We read them over three weeks and made our own versions of the books, too. Then we jigsaw-ed and each group was responsible for coming up with the cards for their Cinderella version. Each group had to answer:

Her name?
What happened to her mom?
How was her stepmother?
Who helped her?
What kind of footwear did she wear?
What was the ending?

At the end, each group shared out and we discussed similarities and differences.

Our bulletin board

Our amazing comparison poster

For our school’s annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration, we always have a beautiful display case. This year, the school decided to work together and have as many classes as possible work together to create posters. Our theme this year was Many Language, One Proud Voice so we decided to have every class pick a language spoken in Asia and create a greeting poster with it. My class chose Persian, which is mainly spoken in Iran and parts of Iraq. Since in long ago Persia there were beautiful tile work and mosaics, my class decided to create a tile mosaic (using paper). Each student had their own piece. I think it turned out pretty nice!

Salam, chetori? means Hello, how are you? in Persian.

Our poster