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Vanderbilt doctoral student conducts first-ever study of life expectancy among different Asian American ethnic groups

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Vanderbilt doctoral student conducts first-ever study of life expectancy among different Asian American ethnic groups

By Celeste Malone Darwin Baluran Many studies on health and health disparities lump people of Asian descent into one category, making it hard to identify inequities in areas such as life expectancy when studying these populations. Darwin Baluran, a doctoral student in the Vanderbilt Department of Sociology, sought to investigate the intermixture of ethnicities included under the “Asian” racial category—one of the nation’s fastest-growing groups—and the health of these groups in the United States. As the first study to examine different Asian ethnic groups’ life expectancy by geographic region, the study challenges how researchers look at the Asian American population.  “We do a disservice to marginalized communities by homogenizing them under these broad...


Pork Meatball and Wintermelon Noodle Soup

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Pork Meatball and Wintermelon Noodle Soup

The weather has been turning a little bit more wet and stormy, as expected near the end of the year with the onset of the monsoon season. I’ve been enjoying a little more time indoors thanks to the weather as well as the continued burgeoning number of cases of Covid-19 in the community. It’s not like I don’t run out to do errands but I usually dash out and finish the task as quickly as I can. Just this week Mum was unwell – she’s usually chirpy and healthy and it was a bit of a shocker when she didn’t...


Galinha à Portuguesa (Macanese Chicken)

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Galinha à Portuguesa (Macanese Chicken)

葡國雞 When I mentioned to my husband that we haven’t cooked Macanese food for a while, he suggested we make the Macanese Portuguese Chicken. I am surprised we haven’t made it for the challenge yet – (and even more amazed that he is keeping close tab), but this is the most popular Macanese dish, one that you can find in Hong Kong style cafes all over the world, even if my husband insists that they are not authentic.Till I met my husband, I always presume, like most people, that a dish named Portuguese Chicken comes from Portugal. We are disappointed...


Pan Fried Dumplings

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Pan Fried Dumplings

If you saw my last dumpling post – you learned that I spent time in China and love everything about it. During my time in QingDao, the host family I stayed with was incredible. They were so kind and loving and made me feel at home. The grandma would come over every morning after the parents left for work and make me breakfast – the first week I was there she made me eggs and bacon to make me feel at home – it was the sweetest gesture! Another time, we went to their friend’s house and along with traditional...


Salt & Pepper Garlic Pork Ribs (Airfryer Version)

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Salt & Pepper Garlic Pork Ribs (Airfryer Version)

椒鹽蒜香骨 Salt & Pepper is such an aromatic, addictive, delicious seasoning mix… it’s like dope. The mix is available at Asian markets in little jars or packets, but you can also make your own easily. Recipe is enclosed. Salt & Pepper Spicy MixIngredients* 3 Tbsp salt* 2 Tbsp five spice powder* 1 Tbsp white pepper powderDirectionsIn a pan, add salt and heat without oil, stirring regularly, to dry the salt. Turn off heat, add in white pepper powder and five spice powder. Adjust to taste by changing the ratio of ingredients if needed. You want it not too salty, with...