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Music Brought Alicia Lundquist to the US then to Nashville

Continuing our series with Festival of the Nations, today we bring you Alicia Lundquist.

Alicia Lundquist, 70, originally from the Philippines came to the United States as a young bride to a naval officer.

A well-known singer and entertainer there, she was invited to the U.S. by famous televangelist Bob Hope.

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Lily Hansen Met Her Community through Collaborations

Lily Hansen, 29, originally from Chicago, moved to Nashville in 2012.

Growing up in a creative atmosphere, Lily started writing when she was 18. In college, she worked as a journalist and as an art critic for her school newspaper.

Graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010, she said her experiences in the city were polarizing.

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Maneet Chauhan Adds Spice to the Nashville Community

Maneet Chauhan, 39, was born and raised in a small but diverse city in India.

“Each and every state in India has a very distinct cuisine of its own,” she said. “I was this obnoxious kid who would finish eating at home and then go to my neighbor’s house and eat with them too.”

Maneet said those obnoxious experiences gave her an appreciation for ingredients, spices, and cuisines. It opened her up to new techniques that weren’t used at her house.

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Robbie Mezanava Excels in the Kitchen and in the Gym

Robbie Mezanava, 30, was born and raised in Los Angeles.

A first generation Mexican-American, he grew up watching Rambo movies and was always interested in fighting for the military.

After high school, Robbie enlisted into the army in 2004. A big water polo player as well, he made the ultimate decision to join the military instead of pursuing the sport and a full ride scholarship to the University of Southern California.

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Amber Curry Empowers Women of Color Through Hair

Amber Curry, 32, originally from Denver moved to Nashville in 1997 with her family.

“It was a huge culture shock,” she said. “I hated Tennessee when I first got here but there was nothing here, not like how it is now.”

Amber went to Blackman High School in Rutherford County and then graduated from MTSU in 2006 with an undergraduate degree in theater performance.

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Mariyo Deon Puts His Heart in Music and in His Community

Knoxville native Mario McClunie, also known by his stage name Mariyo Deon, is now a Nashville-based Hip Hop artist with a sound and a soul for his community.

Initially getting into music through a friend whose dad worked at a radio station in Knoxville, he and his friends would go and record music on home equipment.

“That’s where I first recorded and thought yeah, this is cool,” Mariyo said. “I used to beg my parents to go over there.”

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Jan Margaret’s Curiosity Takes Her Places but Community Keeps Her Home

Jan Margaret, 29, originally from Murfreesboro, Tenn., is a lawyer on leave.

Graduating from Vanderbilt in 2009, she deferred law school for a year and worked with Mana Project International, a Nashville-based nonprofit that serves impoverished Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian communities through service and volunteer projects.

“I’ve always been passionate about traveling, and I think that came from a passion to volunteer and make an impact in whatever community I was in,” she said.