"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
Irvine University Park Library presents We Are OC, a series of family-friendly programs celebrating the cultural heritage of its immigrant communities. Image: Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash.
We are OC: Stories. Connection. Sharing.
Experience the cultural diversity of Orange County through this engaging program series at the Irvine University Park Library. The series will give patrons the opportunity to experience different aspects of the diverse cultures represented in our community, to see what makes each culture unique, and to find connections between their neighbors’ cultures and their own.
Saturday, October 8, 11:00 am: International Storytelling with Michael D. McCarty
Be educated, inspired, and amused! Using folktales, history, and personal accounts, Michael’s stories will spark the imagination and stimulate the grey matter!
Other events in this program series:
Sunday, October 16, 2:00 pm: Author Talk: Naz Deravian
Naz Deravian will discuss her book, Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories.
Sunday, October 23, 11:00 am: Tai Chi Chuan: An Introductory Talk and Demonstration
Learn about the history of Tai Chi and how it is used for exercise, meditation, and relaxation. Presented by Coach Lonnly Ching.
Saturday, October 29, 2:00 pm: “Writing Your Story”: A Workshop with Dorothy Spirus
Everyone has a story to tell. And sometimes you have others’ stories to tell. How did you arrive in Orange County? Document your path and perhaps that of your relatives in this 90-minute writing course, including writing prompts and tips.
Sunday, October 30, 3:00 pm: Awa Odori Dance Talk and Demonstration
Learn about this celebratory Japanese dance and watch a live demonstration.
Sunday, November 6, 2:00 pm: K-Pop Workshop for Teens
Unlock your inner K-Pop star and learn some of the latest moves.
Saturday, November 12, 2:00 pm: Author Talk: María Amparo Escandón
María Amparo Escandón will discuss her novel, L.A. Weather.
Saturday, November 19, 2:00 pm: Family Story Crafts for Children
Make your own family story book and a special paper doll—featuring YOU.
Saturday, December 3, 3:00 pm: Celebrating “Home”: Teen Poetry Workshop with Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo
Families and homes take all kinds of shapes and forms. In this workshop, young adults and teens will spend time writing celebratory poems for the people, places, and moments that shaped who they are.
Sunday, December 4, 2:00 pm: Author Talk: Matthias B. Lehmann
UCI professor, Matthias B. Lehmann, will discuss his new release, The Baron: Maurice de Hirsch and the Jewish Nineteenth Century.
For more information, contact librarian Marisa Saam at Marisa.Saam@occr.ocgov.com.
This program is supported by the Library Innovation Lab.