Nyob zoo! (Hello)...This will be the final event of the Hmong Food Traditions Workshops series! Join us for a collaboration between the Immigrant Microbiome Project, Union Kitchen MN, Hmong American Farmers Association, and ArtCrop!
We'll share a dinner with our elder Hmoob farmers from HAFA, tour the beautiful Hmong farms, raffle off some fun kitchen/food prizes, and contribute to a community mural (designed by ArtCrop Artists, Christina Vang, Oskar Ly and Teeko Yang).
The Immigrant Microbiome Project is led by Paj Zaub Vaj, who is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota.
Immigrant Microbiome Project*--a project that is trying to understand what may be contributing to the rise in chronic diseases in the Hmong (and Karen) communities since they’ve moved to the US by looking at the trillions of microbes that live in our guts. Preliminary project results show that Hmong in Thailand have lower rates of obesity and have healthier guts (a higher diversity of bacteria) when compared to Hmong in the US--these differences are highly associated with diet and lifestyle, and suggest that our ancestors were doing something right. Although the complete results of the study won’t be available until Winter 2017, we hope that our workshops will encourage conversations about how our food and farming traditions have the potential to keep us healthy.