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Chef Tsadakeeyah Emmanuel: Changing Lives One Urban Garden At A Time

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The Bronzeville Community Garden on the southeast corner of 51st Street and Calumet Avenue has been a symbol of hope, peace and development for its residents since the gardening project was started by co-builder and designer Chef Tsadakeeyah Emmanuel in 2010.

“The garden is a place for community engagement, community learning on multiple levels,” said Emmanuel, 48, a self-taught chef who specializes in international vegetarian and raw vegan cuisine. “It has become a place where folks who do not normally interact can interact and socialize in a peaceful, nurturing environment.”

Emmanuel’s love for food and community building started as a young boy in Aurora, Wis., a small town 100 miles north of Green Bay. Being close to nature and growing up among dairy farm owners and urban gardeners inspired the budding chef to focus on how food is grown and where it comes from. It gave him a complete understanding of the farm-to-table concept that grew out of America’s heartland.

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Cambodian American Heritage Museum: A Story of Remembrance and Renewal

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Cambodian American Heritage Museum

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The Cambodian American Heritage Museum has been a place of refuge and renewal in the northwest side neighborhood of Albany Park since 2004. It has been a source of inspiration and hope for many.

The current exhibit dubbed “The Killing Fields Memorial” was conceived by the Cambodian Association of Illinois and born out of the willingness of genocide survivors to share their stories and the determination of family members to make sure their voices are heard.

“Our building was located at Lawrence and Winthrop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago from the 80s to the early 90s,” said Anneth Houy, CAI director of youth programs and arts and culture coordinator. “Then there was a campaign to find a center for healing and cultural activities that would be central to community members in Albany Park and Uptown. We moved to 2831 W. Lawrence Ave. in 1999 and expanded, into what was once a vacant lot, to build the museum.”

The two-story building, which combines brick, black steel and intricately carved stone sculptures, houses the only public museum and memorial in the United States dedicated to the remembrance of Cambodian people, history and culture.

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Written by Stephanie Caspelich

February 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm

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