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Lessons From My Elders: Ancestor worship with Ông Ngoại

Growing up, I watched my grandparents light incense every morning as they prayed to our ancestors’ pictures carefully placed on our family altar. In Vietnamese culture, we pay special tribute to the spirits of our lost loved ones during special holidays like the Lunar New Year (Tết), during special occasions such as weddings, and also during the ancestor's death anniversary.

Breaking the Triangle

In our cultures -- as is true of many others -- food is sacred. Coming together with others to break bread at a table is an intimate invitation and experience. That was the feeling we wanted to lead with for our Breaking the Triangle dinner event that brought together individuals from the Black and Vietnamese communities in the Bay to discuss race, identity, and solidarity over Viet-Cajun inspired food.