A Korean cooking class is bridging cultures in northern Maine

  • Date: April 20, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: United Methodist Church, Houlton

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In Korean bibimbap, there are a myriad of colors, sauces and spices. When the meal of vegetables and meat is mixed together, it all becomes one. Joyce Kang, a local United Methodist pastor who came to Boston from South Korea in 2008 to marry her husband, Victor Han, who arrived two years earlier, sees a parallel there. In late January, Kang piloted a Korean cooking class to 19 people as a way to bridge cultures and give those in the community an opportunity to learn more about each other, a decision she made while recovering from thyroid cancer surgery. While Houlton is a small town where people all know each other, those from outside can feel left out, she said. “When I first came here, I found many barriers with my language and I felt like I was a burden to this town, but I found out I am a blessing,” Kang said. In Korea, when people gather, the main dish is bibimbap with a lot of side dishes and the bibimbap is a kind of Korean spirit acknowledging everyone’s uniqueness and beauty, she said. “I want to contribute and share our uniqueness with our town and with the cooking class we can get together,” she said. 



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