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Clarissa Wei

Clarissa Wei

Clarissa Wei is a freelance journalist who writes about food systems and minority cultures. She has researched extensively on the topics of Chinese food and sustainable agriculture and is a certified permaculture designer. 

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Three dishes served Dolan's in Alhambra are goshnaan, a meat pie; manta, a steamed dumpling and big plate chicken, a kind of chicken stew served noodles.
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The Migrant Kitchen

In Southern California, Dolan's Uyghur Restaurant Uses Food as Form of Activism

A Uyghur restaurant in Los Angeles county uses food to bring attention to the genocide in Xinjiang.
Pork bahn mi | T.Tseng/Flickr
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Meals Ready to Eat

Five Iconic Dishes that Arrived Because of the Military

Here are five dishes that arrived because of military influences and the story behind them.
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Meals Ready to Eat

How The Military Has Influenced Cuisine All Over The World

In a globalized world, we owe our diversity of foods from these colonial and military patterns. Military — for better or for worse — is a culture that affects the countries that it is present in, often long after it leaves.
China Cafe sign at Grand Central Market | Samanta Hernandez Helou
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The Migrant Kitchen

One of the Best Wonton Soups in the City is Hiding in Plain Sight

At the heart of the 100-year-old Grand Central Market market is a 60-year establishment that, to this day, draws consistent crowds: China Cafe. 
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Backbone Trail

A New Kind of Hiking Group Gets Angelenos into Nature

Seeing Trails Hiking Gang started as way to help artists discover the wilderness around them, led by passionate, nature-centric organizers.
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Backbone Trail

This L.A. Wildlife Center Rescues Baby Song Birds and Injured Sea Lions

The California Wildlife Center is a tour de force in the greater L.A. area, as urbanization continues to encroach into the surrounding wilderness areas.
Young Butterhead lettuce growing in one of our TerraFarms™ | Courtesy of Local Roots
Article

This L.A. Company is Solving the World's Food Waste Problem with Robots and Tech

A vertical farming company in Los Angeles uses technology to grow the equivalent of five acres of food in a 40-foot shipping container.
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The Migrant Kitchen

Why Is It So Hard to Grow Organic-Certified Asian Produce In the L.A. Area?

In a city stereotyped for its dedication to healthful food, organic Asian produce grown within the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area is actually quite rare.
Dessert selections at Porto's | Courtesy of Porto's
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The Migrant Kitchen

Porto's: From Communist Cuba Secret to Southern California Icon

Porto's Bakery sells about 1.2 million cheese rolls and 550,000 potato balls per month. But this bakery that could was once a black market business born in Communist Cuba.
Paiute man protests at the LADWP Board of Commissioners meeting | Photo: Big Pine Paiute Tribe
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Tending the Wild

LADWP Finally Fixes Broken Pipeline on Big Pine Paiute Reservation

Tribe's vegetable gardens died during long repair dispute.
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