Category Archives: Language of Food

Yolka: The Performers

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On December 6th, NWLA will host “Yolka,” another installment of our popular Language of Food Series, focused this time on the holiday traditions of Russia.  The event will, as always, feature delicious food – and the opportunity for guests to learn the secrets of the cuisine for themselves in a cooking class earlier in the day – good company, and world-class performances of music and dance.  A unique treat at … Continue reading

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China Pearls: Martial Arts

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Our China Pearls event is this coming Saturday, June 28th.  In preparation, here’s another sample of the spectacular performers we have in store at the main evening event at WICA.  China has long been famed for its martial arts, both as a health practice, and as self defense. We’re thrilled to be able to welcome two Seattle schools to our event, to demonstrate these ancient skills. Chinese Wushu & Taichi … Continue reading

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China Pearls: Dance

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As part of our “China Pearls” event on June 28th, NWLA will be welcoming some of the Northwest’s most talented Chinese traditional dancers to WICA’s Michael Nutt Mainstage. We’ll be joined by the fantastic dance and vocal talents of the Seattle Ensemble of Songs and Dances.  Founded in 2010, they are a non-profit organization comprised of professional and amateur artists, with a mission to promote Chinese indigenous culture and arts … Continue reading

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China Pearls: Meet the Musicians

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Among the “pearls” of Chinese performing arts that NWLA will present at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts on June 28 are works by contemporary classical composer Austin Huang, performed by musicians from Whidbey Island and beyond.  Below, meet the musicians, and learn how Dr. Huang came to music through his childhood in rural China. Don’t forget to join us on Saturday, June 28th at 7:00pm to see them perform … Continue reading

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Stories of the Iu Mienh: Embroidery

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Join us on April 5th for “Stories of the Iu Mienh,” the latest in our Language of Food series.  Visit our website for more information on the event or to register. One of the most important traditional activities for Iu Mienh women is embroidery.  This is often learned at an early age, with patterns passed down from mother or grandmother to daughter beginning at around age 9 or 10.  It … Continue reading

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Stories of the Iu Mienh: The Iu Mienh Kitchen

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Join us at the NWLA Cultural Center on April 5th for Stories of the Iu Mienh, the latest in our Language of Food series, focusing on this remarkable hill tribe from Southeast Asia.  More information on the event can be found on our website. The Iu Mienh are farmers, and the growing of food was (and is) an important part of the culture, and the main livelihood of the Iu … Continue reading

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Stories of the Iu Mienh

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On April 5th, 2014, NWLA’s Language of Food series will continue with “Stories of the Iu Mienh,” offering a rare opportunity to share in the cultural traditions of this remarkable group of people. WHO ARE THE IU MIENH? The Iu Mienh originated in the hills of China over a thousand years ago.  In the 1800s, as the result of conflicts, they emigrated to Laos, Thailand and other parts of Southeast … Continue reading

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Moving Mountains: A Message from NWLA’s Director

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“It is easier to move mountains than to move minds.” Most of us can attest to the truth of this ancient Chinese proverb, both in our relationships with others and in our own minds.  We like to think of ourselves as open-minded and flexible, but experience shows that quite the opposite is often true: that we are, for the most part, deeply entrenched in our own systems of belief. Just … Continue reading

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Language of Food Bulgaria: Discover Bulgarian Cuisine

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NWLA’s Language of Food Bulgaria event is fast approaching! Our menu for the evening promises to be a delicious sampling of Bulgaria’s healthy, multifaceted cuisine, including popular national dishes like banitsa, shopska salat, kyopolou, moussaka, kebapcheta, and baklava.  If these names leave you perplexed, not to worry: below is a primer on Bulgarian food to educate the palate and whet the appetite before the event.  Be sure to reserve early at info@nwlanguageacademy.com or by calling … Continue reading

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Language of Food Bulgaria: Bulgarian Voices of Seattle

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For the NWLA’s upcoming event, Moi Koleda: Language of Food Bulgaria, we are thrilled to be working with the Bulgarian Voices of Seattle Women’s Choir, a program within the Bulgarian Cultural and Heritage Center of Seattle.  Formed in 2011, the choir, directed by Mary Sherhart, comprises 30 Bulgarian-born women who now reside in the Seattle area.  The group, with its lush choral arrangements and dissonant, haunting call-and-response, provides a musical … Continue reading

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