Ann Arbor resident Haluthai “Thai” Inhmathong, owner of the pop-up Thai restaurant Basil Babe, understands food’s power to connect people to her culture. Since she started her pop-up during the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s been striving to bring her community closer together through her cuisine. And she’s just one of many Ann Arbor culinary visionaries using Asian food to nourish understanding and bonding between cultures.

“Giving people a taste of home leads to so many opportunities for a happier community,” Inhmathong says. “We’re lucky to be in an area where there are all these different types of cuisine that we

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