Eddie Huang shares his Taiwanese Thanksgiving traditions


While Thanksgiving is an American holiday, Eddie Huang shares his Taiwanese Thanksgiving traditions, celebrating immigrant culture at the holiday table.

Eddie Huang celebrates his culture in all that he does. As Thanksgiving approaches, Huang shared some of his Taiwanese Thanksgiving traditions with others. Even though the Thanksgiving might be an American celebration, the melting pot that is the American culture can be celebrated at the Thanksgiving table.

At the heart of the Thanksgiving table is the sentiment of being grateful. That emotion doesn’t dictate the style of food on the table. The celebration and community around the table is a reflection of who we are, where we came from and who we want to welcome into our lives.

Recently, Huang and his family shared their Taiwanese Thanksgiving traditions through a partnership with DoorDash. While the recipes he cooked are vital to his family, they might not be the Norman Rockwell version of the Thanksgiving dinner.

Check out this video of the experience.

The truth in this video is clear. Celebrating Thanksgiving the American way is celebrating the diversity of cultures that makes America great. The concept of the national melting pot shouldn’t be put on the back burner. It is time to bring it back to the table.

Eddie Huang said, “Once you realize all of our identities have something to offer other people and there’s something to connect with, that’s when you really start to enjoy your family, your food and your culture.”

At the heart of that table and as seen in the video, Thanksgiving is more than a celebration of food. It is a moment to see how food is a universal language that can and does bring people together.

Eddie Huang Thanksgiving Dinner, photo provided by DoorDash

While the spices on my turkey might be different than Huang’s, the stories behind that recipe has have a common bond. Should we all be grateful for the moments that celebrate the similarities versus the differences?

As everyone gets ready to gather around the Thanksgiving table, why shouldn’t that table be a celebration of the past, present and future. From traditional cultural recipes to blending flavors, let that feast be a catalyst for a conversation. Whether rice and beans replace stuffing or chopsticks are used instead of forks, the importance is that people are coming together in the moment.

If you want to try some of the recipes from this All American Thanksgiving, the full recipes can be found on the DoorDash website.

Thank you Eddie Huang and DoorDash for the reminder that American Thanksgiving is a celebration of who we are and who we want to be. That picture and table may be different for everyone and those differences are what make this American celebration special.

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What Thanksgiving traditions do you have in your family?