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Tamarind & Sago
Ambitious. Undeterred. Entrepreneurial spirit. Haymar has the recipe for success covered. In 2008, Haymar came to Utah as a refugee from the Mon State of Burma. From her home country, she brought along her love of cooking. Her passion is directly inspired by her mother’s own culinary skills. “At home, my mom is the one teaching,” she said. With Utah’s growing Burmese community, the absence of a Burmese restaurant doesn’t feel right to Haymar. Her ultimate goal is to open a restaurant serving genuine Burmese dishes made with plenty of vegetables and tamarind juice—a staple in Burmese cuisine.
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Mana Strong
Not many students are able to develop a love for learning with ties to their native culture. But Kaufo’ou Taumoepeau is able to experience just that. As a fifth grader at Mana Academy, a charter school based in West Valley City, Kaufo’ou celebrates her Tongan heritage. “When I was in public school, I was ashamed of being Tongan. Now that I’m learning [about my culture], I actually think it’s really cool. I’m proud of who I am,” she said. “I love the language [class] here. It helps me learn more about my culture.”
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