Welcome today to Kathiana LeJeune. Kathiana, a Haitian-American who currently works for National Geographic, has recently written a book titled The Power of the Palate all about cultural diplomacy through food. In this episode, Kathiana shares how her mother, grandparents, and uncles naturally engaged in cultural diplomacy all the time, changing the lives of everyone around them - and how our local schools have an opportunity to do just this every day at lunchtime. Kathiana also shares the Haitian way to cook a turkey (you may want to try this involved method for Thanksgiving!) and Soup Joumou. Kathiane shares the powerful reason that this soup is a celebration of liberation and why every Haitian eats it Haitian Independence Day - also New Year’s Day.
With all that said, welcome again to Kathiana and I’d especially like to welcome YOU, listener, to the show today.
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Highlights of "What If We All Stopped Being So Chicken?" With Haitian-American Kathiana LeJeune (Soup Joumou)"
- The sacrifices of Haitian-American Kathiana’s mother and grandparents
- Why Kathiana’s mom always had food for new employees
- The Haitian way of cooking a turkey
- Haitian Jomou soup, Haitian Independence Day and the New Year
- “I feel like us first generations American only become proud of who we are after being knocked down
- What Kathiana’s mother said when Kathiana was embarrassed of the food she brought to lunch
- School lunches as our first experience of food, community, and cultural diplomacy
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