Bun is the traditional coffee ceremony of Eritrea and Ethiopia. Fresh coffee beans are roasted until dark, and are offered around the room for guests to smell after. The coffee is then ground, and ginger is added before the coffee is placed in the jebena, or the clay pot used for pouring the prepared coffee. It is served in small cups called finjal accompanied by sugar and milk, and there is typically kitcha, popcorn, or some form of sweets to be eaten with the coffee. Additionally, etan, an incense-like fragrant powder is burned atop hot charcoal to provide a wonderful aroma to the room.Read More →

The interviewee of this oral history is Miriam Adam, a Youth Coordinator at the United Women of East Africa Center. It took place on May 31, 2018 at the UWEAST center, and discusses her experiences growing up and attending school in the United States, family and Eritrean culture, and Muslim traditions and holidays. Miriam has unofficially been involved with the UWEAST center since fourth grade, and has officially worked there since May of 2015. She is a current student at University of San Diego, and was happy to share with us her knowledge of cultural customs, especially the Eritrean coffee ceremony!  Read More →

On Friday, April 27, the East African Community Cultural Center in City Heights hosted one of their bi-weekly Youth Workshops. For this workshop, the students were asked to share their experiences with identity and racism through first writing a poem about themselves, then sharing and expanding on it by talking about racism they had encountered in school. Their stories and awareness of how they are treated differently from their peers were striking to me, especially considering the ages of the youths (the girl I talked to was in fifth grade). The images are of the terms that Jesse Mills, the guest lecturer of the workshop,Read More →