Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen Microgrant

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen
Recipient Type
In Progress
Start Date
December 2019
End Date
May 2020
Activity Type
Project Overview

A food memoir book with the working title of “Hand to Mouth: A Daughter’s Memory and a Mother’s Legacy of Vietnamese Food” about my complicated relationship with Vietnamese food and how cultivating that relationship over time influenced my desire to learn about my Vietnamese culture and family history. Woven throughout this three-part essay will be a story highlighting my mother’s experiences working in Vietnamese restaurants in the Twin Cities, as well as historical reflections on four Asian markets on University Ave and stories about the history of the buildings/locations before they became Asian markets. These Asian markets have all played important roles in the legacy of my mother’s cooking and the ability of refugees, like my family, from South East Asia to find food and ingredients that remind them of home.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Kee Vang (St Paul, MN) Kee was a part of the Truth and Transformation conference/work with MHC, and is also serving on the Hmong cultural heritage panel. He is Hmong.

Leyla Suleiman (Minneapolis, MN) Leyla is a first year educator, author in the Crossroads: Somali Youth Anthology, and was a panelist for the Community Partner Fund and is also serving in the Somali cultural heritage panel. She is Somali.

Hibaq Mohamed (Minneapolis, MN) Hibaq is an MHC Increase Engagement facilitator, author in the Crossroads: Somali Youth Anthology, and is also serving in the Somali cultural heritage panel. She is Somali.

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Laura Benson

Minnesota Humanities Center


Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minn. State Legislature Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 8, (d)
Appropriation Language

$850,000 the first year and $850,000 the second year are for a competitive grants program to provide grants to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Humanities Center must operate a competitive grants program to provide grants to programs that preserve and honor the cultural heritage of Minnesota or that provide education and student outreach on cultural diversity or to programs that empower communities to build their identity and culture. Priority must be given to grants for individuals and organizations working to create, celebrate, and teach indigenous arts and cultural activities and arts organizations and programs preserving, sharing, and educating on the arts and cultural heritage of immigrant communities in Minnesota.

2020 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Project in progress; information will be updated upon completion of interim and final reporting

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