Author: Adam Cheung

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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My First Taste of Cape Verde

I had heard about Cachupa, the national dish of Cape Verde. The first time I saw it was a news piece about the Onset Cape Verde Festival. They showed food that had been Americanized and some…”not so much.” The camera focusing in on a big pot of what looked like mush. If that is what Americans might find foreign, then that is what I wanted to try. So it was what I had my eye out for. I passed many a barbecue, chicken finger and steak and cheese type place to come to a sign that read “Cape Verde...

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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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