July 27, 2017

Posted: December 2, 2015, 10:00am

Typically, I only get one Thanksgiving feast a year, but last week, I was lucky enough to have two!!  Our lab, the Megan McCain Living Systems Engineering group, and two of Dr. Keyue Shen’s Ph.D. students got together and had a potluck celebrating the break.  Surprisingly, every person has a different cultural background.  From left to right in the picture above, we/our ancestors are from Japan, Greece/Europe, Hong Kong, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Korea, and Brazil.  Each of us brought two dishes popular to our ethnicities, so we had everything from roast duck, to baklava, to sushi!  It was extremely fun trying all of these unique foods and learning more about each other.

For actual Thanksgiving, my mom hosted it at our home this year and made all of the classics: turkey, porterhouse steaks, mashed sweet potatoes, cornbread, Brussels sprouts, and more.  My cousin, who is studying in the U.S. after spending two years in the Singapore Armed Forces, was able to come to LA with some of his friends to spend Thanksgiving with us.  Although Thanksgiving was only one night, our break lasted from Wednesday to Sunday, and for me in particular, it was greatly needed.  I’m glad I got to spend so much time with my family.  Even though most of them live nearby, it’s rare to get everyone all together.  Happy Holidays!



Published on July 27th, 2017

Last updated on August 10th, 2017