Tag Archives: traditional food


Chamorro “Titiyas”

Context: My informant is a 23 year-old woman who is of Chamorro descent. She grew up in San Francisco and moved to L.A. for college. She described a common practice for her family growing up surrounding food, particularly a snack called “titiyas”. Her Chamorro family passed on this recipe throughout the generations. She loves them… Continue Reading »

Harvest Festival in Chinese tradition

Context: My informant is a 26 year-old woman who is of Chinese descent. She grew up in Hong Kong and lived there until she moved to Pasadena at the age of 7. Listed below is an account of a Chinese holiday called “Harvest Festival”. She detailed her experience of the holiday growing up and where… Continue Reading »

“La Noche Buena” December 24th traditions in Cuba

Context: My informant is an 84 year-old woman of Spanish / Cuban ethnicity. She grew up in Havana, Cuba and lived there until she had to leave due to the communist regime at the age of 22. This story was told as an explanation of what they used to do in Cuba the night of… Continue Reading »

Greek Easter Bread

The informant was sharing an important Greek Easter tradition within her family: *Names are reduced to initials Me: Can you tell me about the Easter bread you make? Informant: Tsoureki is a traditional Greek Easter bread that’s prepared during Greek Easter week. It’s usually braided and the red eggs go into it. It’s all we… Continue Reading »

The Significance of Yams in Nigeria

My friend grew up in Nigeria before coming to the US for college. He says yams are life in Nigeria. Friend:“The yam is the staple food and therefore a measure of masculinity and wealth. If a family has a lot of yams, you’re rich because you can feed your family. This makes you a strong… Continue Reading »