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"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

"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

SAN FRANCISCO–We Are Home: Second Saturday Reception

Root Division 1131 Mission Stret, San Francisco, United States

SAN FRANCISCO—Visit the Second Saturday reception for We Are Home: Tenderloin Community Quilt Project. Free and open to the public with registration! Saturday, November 11, 4-6 pm: 2nd Saturday reception, Root Division (free and open to the public) The Second Saturday reception will feature a performance by Tenderloin resident based performance group Skywatchers, and will overlap […]


DALY CITY–Taste of the Top of the Hill

Daly City Library John Daly Library, 134 Hillside Blvd, Daly City, CA, United States

DALY CITY– This fall, the Daly City Library launches Taste of the Top of the Hill, a community culinary gathering. Taste of the Top of the Hill will bring together Daly City’s diverse restaurants for food-tasting events that illuminate the immigrant experience – through food! The in-library food tours will consist of tabling events inside the John Daly […]

SAN LEANDRO–Teen Storytellers Take the Stage

San Leandro Public Library Main Branch San Leandro Main Library, 300 Estudillo Avenue, San Leandro, CA

San Leandro–Join the San Leandro Public Library to hear true stories, told live by a group of teens who have spent the last two months studying with Alma Jurado.  For more information, contact Portia Carrier at This project is supported by the Library Innovation Lab.

HAYWARD–Curbie Cares

Hayward Public Library 888 C Street, Hayward, United States

HAYWARD– Hayward Library will host events at senior living facilities regularly visited by the bookmobile on Friday, October 27th & Thursday, November 30th. Chinese and Korean immigrant residents of the complex will enjoy talks and demonstrations of healthy Asian cooking techniques by nutritionists, dieticians and the local foodbank. Health and wellness conversations will be followed by recipe […]

CALEXICO–Closing Events: Land of Milk & Honey

SAN FRANCISCO—Please join the Land of Milk & Honey curatorial team at the Steppling Art Gallery (Calexico) for these closing events. Curators will be available to answer questions and discuss projects pertaining to the exhibition. This casual event is free and open to the public. Land of Milk & Honey celebrates the cultural significance of agriculture and foodways in the shared […]

Event Series RADIO BROADCAST—Valley Tales


RADIO BROADCAST—Tune into KDUP, 88.1 FM, Surprise Valley community radio, every Sunday between 4 and 5 pm through December 17, 2023, to hear Valley Tales, a series of interviews with diverse members of the Surprise Valley community including ranchers, farmers, members of the Northern Paiute Kidutokado band, artists, writers, musicians, and others. These interviews will […]

OCEANSIDE–Creando Memorias in Oceanside

Oceanside Public Library 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA, United States

OCEANSIDE–Join the Oceanside Public Library in celebrating Oaxacan culture through a series of events and workshops that will be held at the Crown Heights Community Resource Center and Civic Center Library. The Oceanside Public Library recognizes there is a large and diverse Oaxaqueño community present not only in Oceanside, but throughout the North County and […]

ESCONDIDO–Yalda, Persian Winter Solstice Celebration

Escondido Public Library 239 S Kalmia St., Escondido

SAN DIEGO–The Cultural Fair Series presents Yalda, Persian Winter Solstice Celebrations on Thursday, December 7, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Program Schedule: •Persian live music performance by Delnavazan Daf Ensemble: 5:30- 5:40 •Lecture: include information about the Yalda Persian Winter Solstice, customs, and celebrations on this night with Q&A: 5:40 – 5:50 •Persian live music performance by Delnavazan […]

JURUPA VALLEY–My Life, My Struggle, My Victory/Mi Vida, Mi Lucha, Mi Victoria

Glen Avon Regional Library 9244 Galena Street, Jurupa Valley, CA, United States

JURUPA VALLEY–Attend the première of the independently produced film, “My Life, My Struggle, My Victory/Mi Vida, Mi Lucha, Mi Victoria”, a documentary about the varied immigrant experiences that formed the foundation of Jurupa Valley. African, European, Asian, and Hispanic families have built this community in unique ways. Through the shared experiences of our neighbors we […]

MALIBU–Preserving the History of South Los Angeles

Payson Library, Pepperdine University 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, United States

MALIBU—With support from California Humanities, Pepperdine Libraries' Preserving the History of South Los Angeles initiative has recorded oral history interviews as part of the broader effort to preserve the voices and lived experiences of members of the African American community in South Los Angeles. We spoke to elders in the community who come from a […]

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