Wichita Asian Festival

Mohan Kambampati

Wichita is a city with people from many cultures and backgrounds. A jigsaw puzzle made up of colorful and interlocking pieces. But how much do we really know about the people that live here?

Mohan Kambampati was born in a suburb of Chennai (formerly Madras), Tamil Nadu, India. Here, he talks about meeting his wife, Lakshmi, moving his family to the United States in 1985, and becoming director of the Wichita Indochinese Center:

Food: Wichita Asian Festival

Oct 19, 2012
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The Wichita Asian Festival is coming up this weekend, and I’m excited about it.  I have attended nearly every year since it started 32 years ago.  What began as a small celebration with a smattering of food vendors and a beauty pageant has grown into a huge multicultural event.  There’s still a pageant, but now the entertainment ranges from East Indian dance troupes to martial arts demonstrations.  It’s a blast, but the best part for me has always been the food.