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By Julia Bang

Julia Bang, native to Tacoma, WA, began EAsT Kitchen in 2019. As a daughter of Cambodian-Chinese immigrants who escaped the Khmer Rouge genocide, food tells a story of her diverse childhood roots. She teaches private/public workshops and classes that emphasize Southeast Asian Cuisine (Thai, Cambodian, and Vietnamese), Chinese, and Korean. I believe food is a love language and I enjoy sharing good food. Food is tradition, laughter, and memories. The Chinese characters in our logo are bu pa, fearless. They are a self reminder as to why I started. In a moment where I was struggling internally and contemplating life, on what seemed like another day, a question popped into my head: “what would your life look like right now without fear?” I instantly answered without thinking, “not like this.” And that shocked me. Instantly, I felt all of my fear go away and this heavy weight just being lifted off of my shoulders. For years I’ve had my amazing community encourage me to start but fear paralyzed me. It’s in that moment I was filled with so much gratitude and thought to myself, “this can happen.” It’s this faith, this moment, my family/community and the students that keep me going. SE & E Asian cuisine seems so foreign and difficult for some people and that's why I wanted to start EAsT, to debunk that with them. Join me for a virtual lesson! For more information, visit us at