Save the Date!
Language of Food: Iu Mien
April 5, 2014
The NWLA Cultural Center presents a rare opportunity to hear the stories of the remarkable Iu Mien people in the latest installment of our popular Language of Food Series, in collaboration with the Iu Mien American Association of Seattle.
The Iu Mien have been described as “slow-motion nomads.” Their complex story began over a thousand years ago in the hills of China, and brought them through many trials to Laos, Thailand, and other parts of Southeast Asia, and then to the Pacific Northwest in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Like many refugees who’ve arrived in the United States before and since, the Iu Mien faced immediate challenges brought on by a new language and set of social norms. Unlike the Lao, Vietnamese, and Cambodian refugees who resettled in the U.S. during the same period in the 1980s though, the Iu Mien arrived here with no written language, no exposure to formal education, and little experience with wage labor. Their former self-sufficiency has been tested in the contemporary American economy, but the Iu Mien have retained and nurtured an important aspect of their culture: collective or group-oriented action. Major events including births, weddings, funerals, and New Year celebrations provide opportunity for the Iu Mien community to meet and create and maintain a shared ethnic identity. Subsistence cultivation of herbs and vegetables is also important for an older generation of Iu Mien, who seek to maintain their knowledge and skills in a country that values youth and modernity.
The evening event will feature the talents of the Young Mien Dancers, who will perform a set of “hand-flipping” dances in costume, storytelling by Iu Mien elder Koi Saephan, traditional music and chant, and much more. Prior to the performances, a banquet of Iu Mien cuisine will be served, including healthy traditional dishes like soy noodle salad, mustard greens, and chicken ginger soup. Cost is $65, and advance registration is recommended. NWLA also welcomes work exchange and volunteers in various capacities; please inquire.
Prior to the evening celebration, join us from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on the 5th for a cooking class on the basics of Iu Mien cuisine. Mien food is usually passed down from one generation to the next, and so opportunities for outsiders to learn its secrets are rare. Learn the techniques to make fermented greens, Mien egg rolls, coconut tapioca, and more. Participants will receive a cookbook with recipes from the instructors. Pre-registration required. Cost is $35 dollars.
The event will be held at the NWLA Cultural Center in Langley, on Whidbey Island. Lodging for the event is available at the Cultural Center’s comfortable Guesthouse, which features in-room fireplaces and Jacuzzi baths on three acres of landscaped grounds just minutes from downtown Langley. Package pricing may be arranged for lodging and the event. Please inquire.
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Pruning Workshop and Luncheon
with Japanese Master Gardener Masa Mizuno
May 3, 2014
NWLA is honored to welcome back revered Japanese Master Gardener Masa Mizuno for a pruning workshop at a beautiful private residence in the Headlands. The event includes a Q &A, tours of the gardens, followed by an authentic Japanese lunch.
As director of Portland's Japanese Garden, Osaka native Masa Mizuno has installed public and private Japanese gardens around the world.
$75 fee includes workshop and luncheon. All proceeds benefit the NWLA scholarship fund.
For more information, or to register, contact our front desk at 321-2101 or email: email@example.com
French Language Weekend Intensives
March 15 & 16, 2014,
April 26 & 27, 2014
Immerse yourself in two days of concentrated language and culture at the stunning NWLA Cultural Center.
Reconnect with your French soul in this fun and dynamic weekend immersion. The weekend will include 12 hours of French language and cultural activities led by Greta D’Amico, an experienced educator and long-time resident of France who is passionate about Paris. Whether you are preparing for a vacation, seeking to communicate with foreign colleagues or clients, or just dusting off your language skills, this weekend immersion can help you toward fluency. Emphasis is on conversational ability in practical situations, complimented by cultural instruction and travel tips.
Expect a lively, interactive program, with many opportunities to learn new vocabulary, improve comprehension and conversational skills, get "insider" information about travel, as well as have quite a bit of FUN! Cooking, learning games, watching movie clips and walks outside are part of the program. Students of all levels are welcome! We work one on one with you to insure that our programs meet your needs.
To register please call 360-321-2101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early bird registration (10% discount on the tuition) ends one month prior to the course.
For off island participants, we offer overnight accommodations in our Cultural Center Guesthouse. All six of our guest rooms have a cozy comfort all their own, with bath, fireplaces, and comfortable seating/reading area. The two largest suites include double Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs and private patios. Mention 25% discount for a course participant to get a price quote.
Weekly Chat Groups,
Now in Six Languages!
Chinese: Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:00pm
French: Tuesdays, 6:00pm-7:00pm
German: Mondays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Italian: Wednesdays 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Russian: Fridays 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Spanish: Wednesdays 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Drop in when you can to join a lively group of fellow language lovers. This is a wonderful opportunity to practice the language you would like to improve. Don't worry if you speak a little, or even a lot, all levels are welcome! Guided by a native speaker, you are sure to progress, while having fun in a relaxed environment. Light refreshments are typically served.
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Lodging At The NWLA Cultural Center Guesthouse
The NWLA Cultural Center is located on three acres of beautifully landscaped grounds just minutes from downtown Langley. With ample room to rest and relax, it is an ideal setting for a rejuvenating getaway or to host celebrations, meetings and workshops. The Center features large, comfortable meeting spaces, a spacious kitchen and dining area, 6 luxurious guest rooms with a cozy comfort all their own. Each offers a private, ensuite bath and fireplace. The two largest suites include double Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs and private patios. To book a room, or for more information, contact NWLA today at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 360-321-2101.