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Momo Chang

Momo Chang

Momo Chang is a freelance journalist based in Oakland, CA. Her work focuses on telling cultural stories through the lens of healthcare, immigration, and food. She has written for the East Bay Express, SF Chronicle, KQED Bay Area Bites, and WIRED. She is a contributing editor for Hyphen magazine and is the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media.

Momo Chang
Large, heart-shaped green perilla leaves.
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Broken Bread

How to Grow Your Own Perilla Leaves

Kristyn Leach of Namu Farms shares tips, tricks and a step-by-step guide to growing your own perilla — a plant species in the mint family traditionally grown in the Korean peninsula, southern China, Japan and India as a crop. Edited by Momo Chang.
A profile photo of Kristyn Leach looking direct to camera. They're wearing a checkered button-up collared shirt and a blue cap that reads, "Sakata." Behind them are lines of green trees.
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Broken Bread

60% of the World's Seeds are Owned by Corporations. How Farmer Kristyn Leach is Resisting.

Namu Farms in Winters, California is one of several small farms cultivating Asian heritage vegetables. Farmer Kristyn Leach explains how they and other immigrant farms are keeping biodiversity, food and culture alive with seeds.
Young Asian Americans hold up signs that say "Yes on G" with a table that says EBAYC (East Bay Asian Youth Center)
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City Rising

Southeast Asian American Youth in Sacramento Find a Voice Through Political Advocacy

In South Sacramento, a group of mostly Southeast Asian American youth have been finding their voice through local civic engagement and advocacy.
A customer at Vicky's Nail Salon receives a manicure in Alameda, Calif., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019.  | Alison Yin for KCET
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City Rising

When Nail Salon Workers Organize, Customers Also Benefit

An organization based out of a community health clinic in Oakland has pioneered the way for safer conditions for nail salon workers.
Lamees Dahbour and her family in La Cocina | Jim Sullivan
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The Migrant Kitchen

La Cocina: An Incubator Kitchen Where Women, Immigrants Shine

Since it opened in 2005, La Cocina has grown 35 food businesses. This incubator kitchen gives mostly women, immigrants, moms and refugees a chance to succeed as a food entrepreneur in a highly competitive and male-dominated industry.
Louis Trevino (left) and Vincent Medina are the founders of mak-'amham and Café Ohlone. | Momo Chang
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Tending Nature

Café Ohlone Blends Food with Language to Honor Native Ancestors

The founders of mak’amham and Café Ohlone in the Bay Area want to bring back Indigenous ways and honor the ancestors who preserved traditions in the face of colonization.
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