Posts Tagged ‘minnesota’

Yia Vang

How Chef Yia Vang is putting his own twist on Hmong cuisine

In the mid-1970s, thousands of indigenous Hmong people started coming to the United States as refugees from the Vietnam War. Many settled in Minnesota, which is now home to the second largest Hmong community in the U.S. Yia Vang, 33, knows this history in a very personal way. He was born in a refugee camp in Thailand and moved to the U.S. when he was five years old. Vang wants to tell stories about the Hmong experience through his cooking. But being a culinary emissary can get tricky.

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Lazerbeak in the back office

A Day in the Life of Doomtree’s CEO

The music business is about more than making beats. Somebody has to count the merch money and organize things. At Doomtree Records, that person is Aaron Mader, also known as Lazerbeak. I spent a day with ‘Beak to understand his world.

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2017 Minnesota SPJ Page One Awards

2017 Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists Page One Awards

Every year, the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hosts an awards banquet honoring the best in Minnesota television, newspaper, magazine, and yes, radio journalism. I received a first place award for “How Black Lives Matter Got an Anthem,” which I reported and produced for KFAI’s Minneculture series.

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From Cuba to Minnesota: The Birth of Charanga Tropical

Fifteen years ago, American musician Doug Little traveled Cuba to study Latin jazz. In Havana, he met a flute teacher who introduced him to a traditional Cuban musical style called “charanga.” He hasn’t looked back.

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Carlos Stroia

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