It is a truth universally acknowledged that those who dine at the same table must be friends—at least until they finish their broccoli. With that idea in mind, we've brought the table to their internet and invited the world to eat. The Red Goji is a multilingual, multicultural, teen-run food blog that uses modern media and a progressive mindset to celebrate the one-of-a-kind intersect between diversity and cuisine. Here in this community, food is the common factor that brings us together through our differences.

We publish two types of food-driven content: recipes and creative writing. Our unique half-blog, half-forum format allows for all posts to be sourced from audience submissions rather than our staff; meanwhile, our student team translates, photographs, and illustrates this raw content in a developmental process that optimizes quality and accessibility. As of August 2020, RG is proud to feature 12 world languages on our site.

Have a story or a dish that you want the world to know about? Click the button on the left to learn how to share it with us. In addition, The Red Goji is always looking for more hands on deck. If you're a teen with a passion for making connections, click on the right to apply as a member of our team. And one last thing—if you ever need to shoot us a message, feel free to do it through Facebook, Instagram, or email. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Although originally from the capital of Iraq, Baghdad, Sarah spent the majority of her childhood away from there and was immersed in different cultures from a very young age. Learning more about different traditions and cuisine was (and still is) something that intrigued her immensely. So when Aria proposed joining The Red Goji, she immediately leapt at the chance. In her free time, Sarah likes to read, swim, or attempt to try new recipes. Currently lives in Sweden.

A New Jersey-born girl with an extremely Chinese upbringing, The Red Goji emerged in Aria's brain as she dispensed Asian goodies to her friends in a middle school cafeteria. She later executed that idea during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, motivated largely by loneliness and ennui. During her moments of unproductivity, Aria likes to watch k-dramas, read old books, and make flaky pastries. Currently lives in the U.S.

A first-generation Vietnamese American, Kristine is constantly sharing her love for her heritage with others by going on impromptu boba trips and teaching the proper way to enjoy Vietnamese food. Through her fondness for her own culture, she developed an interest in international cuisines. When she's not eating to her heart's content, Kristine enjoys listening to k-pop, playing League of Legends, and painting. Currently lives in the U.S.

As a kid of Chinese immigrants, Alice has been exposed to different countries, cultures, and food outside of her SoCal home. Her many adventures across four continents have developed her love for sports, cooking, photography, and more. She has a passion for all types of media and has spent countless hours developing skills that she plans to use in her present and future. She also loves binging Netflix, despite her struggle to find new shows. Currently lives in the U.S.

Gagani is a first generation American with a passion for art. She has been drawing for as long as she can remember and discovered her love for graphic design when she was in junior high school. She has been pursuing her passion ever since and sells her art online in hopes of someday becoming a freelance artist. In her free time, Gagani watches k-dramas, reads murder mysteries, and does calligraphy. Currently lives in the U.S.

Pooja comes from a rather small suburb in West Bengal. She is a Harvard Business School aspirant and believes in grabbing every opportunity that comes her way. Currently, she is working towards expanding her horizons by acquiring new skills and gaining fresh experiences. Empathy is one of her strongest qualities; her passion lies in learning about cultures and interacting with new people. Currently lives in India.

Xavier loves going deep into different cultures to get a better understanding of the world. He's lived in California his entire life, but this hasn't limited him from garnering diverse experiences. He finds RG to be a sort of culmination of all that he has learned, only making him even happier. He plays water polo and swims in his free time! Recently, he's also been skateboarding as a new outlet for his creativity. Currently lives in the U.S.

Although Teodora is not a particularly good cook, she has always been passionate about discovering new cultures and learning new recipes. When she found out about The Red Goji, she wanted to try it right away. Reading, listening to bedroom pop, discovering new things related to science, and taking part in track and field (hurdles are her favorite) are some of the things she enjoys doing when she isn't busy with school or RG. Currently lives in Romania.

Elena has grown up as a first-generation American amidst the rich diversity of the Bay Area in California. She is dedicated and motivated to further her cultural experiences, and she hopes that one day she’ll be able to utilize them in a business career that lets her travel the world. When she’s not stressing out about school, Elena enjoys reading, playing the piano, taking pictures, and listening to music. Currently lives in the U.S.

Maria is a rising high school junior from the Big Apple. She lives, eats, and breathes food, an unrivaled passion of hers that she joined RG to fulfill. She is a tech-savvy person with an interest in computers and engineering, as well as an animal lover who would convert her house into a zoo if left unsupervised. During her free time, she likes to explore new places with her little dog. Currently lives in the U.S.

Neha has struggled with self-confidence in the past, but now recognizes herself as a social and artistic young adult. She firmly believes that anything is possible when she keeps her mind to it and is working towards a career at the intersection of cultural diversity, psychology, and computer science. She likes to bake and draw portraits of her friends when free. Currently lives in India.

Linh is a passionate person who works hard to make her dreams come true. She is motivated to spread positivity to others and bring Vietnamese culture throughout the world, and her ambition is to someday improve people's lifestyles through her love for exercise and nutrition. After tiring classes at school, Linh enjoys playing volleyball, hanging out with her friends, taking pictures, and dancing. She is also learning Chinese at a basic level. Currently lives in Vietnam.

Rebekah was introduced to The Red Goji through her good friend Sarah and decided to join due to her love of learning and engaging in various cultures—especially through food, her primary way of staying connected to her Chinese roots as she grew up in Scandinavia. She enjoys playing the piano and flute, reading novels, and otherwise being artistically creative during her free time. Currently lives in Sweden.

Yan was raised in a Chinese family that loves traveling and tasting different foods, so naturally, she is the same. She also grew up watching Chinese TV and learned the language very quickly. She now appreciates her bilingual advantage, which opens a wider horizon for her to further explore her interest in business consulting. In her free time, she likes to binge shows, play guitar, and hang out in new spots around NYC. Currently lives in the U.S.

Christina is a native New Yorker and first-generation Chinese American. She is an aspiring architect at the Georgia Institute of Technology and an alumnus of The New School University's Parsons Scholars Program. Be it by designing the yearbook cover or painting murals around NYC, Christina always wants to support the community through her art. In her spare time, Christina likes to read webtoons, play instruments, and draw. Currently lives in the U.S.

Living in a foreign country with mixed cultures for the first 15 years of his life, Eyad was able to develop a vocation for crossing bridges between cultures. He pictures himself as an intellectual person who utilizes his knowledge for the greater good. He always emerges in opportunities that enrich his knowledge and experience. Whenever he is free, he reads all kinds of books, especially novels that mimic historical revolutionary events. Currently lives in Egypt.

Raised in an Egyptian family that supports and motivates her, Malak has found her way beyond cultural barriers to transform the internet into her gate to the world. She has become a part of many cultural exchange programs such as the Junior Academy from NYAS. Her deep desire for starting her career as a professional translator and a voice-over artist, combined with her love for cooking, motivated her to join RG. Currently lives in Egypt.

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