Chinese American Authors: What They Write About and Why

Stan Lou led a round-table conversation about Asian American literature and explored ideas about what and why authors write in this genre.  He was joined by Veronica Li, a long time OCA member and author of Confucius Says and Andrew Lam, a medical doctor and author of Two Sons of China.  Other writers included Scott D. Seligman, author of biographies on Chinese Americans, and Robert Wells who wrote about Chinese in the mid-1800s.


Andrea Yee: Stories from Gold Mountain — A Mother’s Tails   Andrea Yee from Berkley, California recounts stories of a son in California from the perspective of a mother's spirit.  Part of the program at the DC Chinese Community Church by the 1882 Foundation after the Chinese Railroad Workers were inducted in the U.S. Department of Labor's Labor Hall of Honor, May 9, 2014.   .  


The Search for General Tso: A Film Review

The Search for General Tso:  A Documentary Film about Chinese Food in America By Roberta L. Chew (The film trailer was shown in a program about Chinese Food at a Talk Story Event, Washington, D.C., February 28, 2016.)   Director Ian Cheney and a friend were traversing rural America and noticed Chinese American restaurants were just about everywhere, even in out of the way small towns.  They were intrigued by one particular dish, General Tso’s Chicken, which was ubiquitous.  They decided they would explore how…

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Talk Story – Foraging for Life, Love and The Perfect Meal

Foraging for Life, Love and The Perfect Meal Author and Urban Forager Ava Chin will discuss her recent publication Eating Wildly.  The book is a kit on foraging for food in New York, but it is much more.  An excerpt from the book reveals, it to be a memoir of family and self searching in a space where food intersects with cultures: ...I often tagged along with my grandparents down the aisles of Chinese supermarkets. ...Grandpa knew the secrets of the dried, reserved goods and…


Talk Story — Made in the USA : Chinese Food in America

 Made in the USA: Chinese Food in America Cedric Yeh and Noriko Sanefuji, curators of Smithsonian's' Sweet Sour Exhibit, explore the history of Chinese Food in America. They point out that there are over 41,000 Chinese restaurants in the United States.  Understanding how Chinese food developed from an immigrant-only taste to become as ubiquitous as the fast food hamburger and hard shell taco tells much about the history of migrant communities and the American society that took them in at times and discriminated against them…


Panama Hotel – Asian American Authenticity in a Bitter Sweet Story

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Stan Lou, (first posted April 2, 2012)   When I first read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, written by Jamie Ford, I immediately placed in on my personal list of favorite novels.  It is a beautifully written story, and it can easily be categorized as a rather typical love story set in America, with the usual emotions from the characters.  However, the novel moves beyond that stereotype and relates a complex story that…