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For Thanksgiving Hosts, Carrying On Family Traditions Means More Than Just Turkey

We’re going to hear from a few San Joaquin Valley residents about how they celebrate Thanksgiving. Like most families, it’s a time for them to gather, cook, and the menu usually includes the expected turkey and mashed potatoes. But they also incorporate other cultures into their gatherings. You can hear the five stories by listening above. Below is a bit about each person’s story. The first story is from Shoua Xiong. She’s a food science student at Fresno State, and this year, she’s splitting her Thanksgiving between her husband’s family in Fresno, and her parents in Visalia. She says that Thanksgiving happens to fall around the time when they celebrate Hmong New Year. So along with eating turkey, they use the day to carry on a Hmong tradition. Shoua says they ring in Hmong New Year by sacrificing a chicken. Then, they tie it to one end of a rope, and the other end is tied a pole. Someone, usually Shoua’s dad, holds the chicken away from the pole, and everyone walks under that rope

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