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Letters to our Grandchildren

Robert Karimi

With Letters to Our Grandchildren, Robert Karimi, aka The People’s Cook, is partnering with the Hmong Elder Center to help tell the story of Hmong elders through theater and food.

Robert Karimi, aka “The People’s Cook,” creates instant ensembles with performance artists and audience members where they become part of the experience, not just idle viewers. The People’s Cook unites cross-cultural cooking and interdisciplinary art to promote wellbeing and make issues identified as important to the community delicious. With Letters to Our Grandchildren, The People’s Cook is partnering with the Hmong Elder Center to pilot a project that engages Hmong elders in the process of telling their own stories using food and theater. The purpose of the program is to engage Hmong elders in not only theater activities and techniques, but also give them an opportunity to share personal recipes and stories with future generations. A CD of the performances and an online cookbook are also in the works.

Artist: Robert Karimi, aka The People’s Cook

Project Award Date: 
2014-04-01
Community organization or agency: 
Hmong Elder Center and May Lee-Yang of Lazy Hmong Woman Productions
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
C Terrence Anderson Director of Community Based Research (612) 624-8988