Lunar New Year Memories with StoryCorps

Spread with Sticky Rice, Soup, Rice, Pickles, Chive Cakes. Photo by Elizabeth My-Tuyen Phu.
From remembering Tet traditions in Vietnam to Chinese "money dumplings," here are some vivid Lunar New Year memories and traditions.

CAAM is happy to partner with StoryCorps in San Francisco for the first recordings dedicated to this special holiday. We’ll hear¬†Jenny (My-Viet) Phu and her parents, Frank (Dieu Tho) Phu and Jacqueline (Thanh La) Phu, who are from Vietnam and Alice Wong with her mother Bobby Hiuwan Wong.

For many Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and others who celebrate the Lunar New Year, this is the biggest holiday involving a feast for the family.

Bobby Wong talks about one of her favorite dishes and traditions during Lunar New Year: “money dumplings.”

Alice Wong with her mother, Bobby, in San Francisco.
Alice Wong with her mother, Bobby, in San Francisco.

Frank Phu remembers the sounds of firecrackers during Tet in Vietnam

Jacqueline and Jenny Phu talks about cooking for their ancestors

New Year, New Beginning – “We transform the whole person from the bad to the good.”

Pork and steamed bamboo shoots spring rolls

Jenny Phu with her parents at StoryCorps San Francisco.
Jenny Phu with her parents at StoryCorps San Francisco.

StoryCorps logo.Interviews recorded at StoryCorps in San Francisco. Audio edited by Davin Agatep.

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