Author: Adam Cheung

A Mayoral Watermelon Challenge

I have been hearing that the topic of prejudice and stereotypes within the Cape Verdean Community would be a good subject for an article. And reading Sergio Monteiro’s Black Olive’s Matter article made me realize that there is a lot to talk about in terms of the issue of race and stereotype and how it pertains to the Cape Verdean Community. For me, even without much research it has opened a can of memories that came flooding back from the last Mayoral Race in Boston.  One event in particular keep splaying over and over again in my head. Now...

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Food For Work, Calories Famine, and Plantations

One thing I am starting to hear a lot about is the famines and the drought on Cape Verde. Every country has some story about a time where food was scarce, but the way the geography Cape Verde Islands it seems like there is not a lot of good farm land and drought is almost a way of life, until recently with some water pumps built by the Chinese government… which have good and bad but that is another story. The point is a lot of the Cape Verdean Cuisine is not made just to satisfy taste, but to...

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How deep is Cape Verdean-ness?

Although there are some cultural differences between groups of people who have been in the states for generations and people from the old country, some of the similarities can really boggle the mind at times. A second generation Cape Verdean friend of mine was working a stall at the Onset festival when he noticed from afar an Old Cape Verdean man. He was waving away his wife and from his gestures, his actions, the expressive contortions of his face that required no volume for the mind to interpret the “pshhh!” and “ehhhh!” the motions and visual movements that by...

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Jag Vs. Djagasida

So this is another dish which I have heard about but am not quite ready to critique yet. But already I have heard a huge buzz about it. Basically it is one of those dishes that Cape Verdeans whose families have been in America for a very long time have held on to as something to show their identity. But just like any cultural dish from any culture, it has changed over the years. I went to middle school with Cape Verdeans who were mostly second generation. They spoke Creole at home and that was probably their first language...

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Portuguese is to Cape Verdean as Mandarin is to Taishanese.

I realize I did not properly introduce myself in written form and maybe we even got off on the wrong foot. In fact, readers may wonder why someone Chinese and white has the audacity to comment on Cape Verdean culture. I have been doing something similar with Boston’s Chinatown, the community which I am a part of. So it isn’t a huge jump to write about Cape Verdeans, a people who I had gone to school with for years… and yet seemed to know nothing about. And when writing about these two cultures I can’t help but start to...

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ACVB is a community men's basketball league, currently based in Boston & Brockton, that is in its infancy. The league/organization's mission is to integrate youth development activities through basketball clinics and other outreach programs provided by the league to the community.

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