Arizona Storytellers: Jan Wichayanuparp

By KJZZ News
Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 3:30pm

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KJZZ is partnering with The Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers series. We record the live events and share them with you on the radio. In Phoenix, the storytellers share stories about our community or the life events that have shaped them. Megan Finnerty is the creator of the series.

(Photo by Carlos Salcedo - The Republic)
Jan Wichayanuparp shares her story at the Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix on Nov 16, 2017.

Jan Wichayanuparp grew up in California. Every summer Jan's family would visit her grandma in Thailand. Her favorite part about being in Thailand was the food and Jan says she misses it. At home, Jan ate only Chinese-Thai food so her knowledge of other foods was limited.

One night in high school, Jan and her friend Kim were working on a project late into the night and Jan experienced a new kind of food.

Jan Wichayanuparp is the co-founder of Sweet Republic in Phoenix and Scottsdale.

The next storytelling event is Wednesday, March 14 at the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix.

To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

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