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 Review: 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…

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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…

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April 1968: Understated Intersections

April 1968: Understated Intersections of Race and Placeby Easten Law[Easten Law is a former lecturer in Intercultural Relations at American University in Washington DC. He is now D.C. Commissioner for API Affairs in the DC Mayor's office and a doctoral student at Georgetown University.]It was a real privilege moderating the 1882 Foundation screening and discussion of “Through Chinatown Eyes: 1968” at Busboys and Poets in early October. I was truly humbled to hear the stories of my Chinese-American elders. Their witness is vital for all…

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Excerpts about Talk Story from Writing Like an Asian

Writing like an Asian:  Thoughts on writing, composition, and issues of identity   by Jee Yoon Lee (from her November 29, 2013 blog) (Q1) How did you become involved with the 1882 Foundation and the Talk Story Events? The 1882 Foundation is a continuation of the 1882 Project. The Project was a collaboration of organizations and individuals who believed it was time for Congress to apologize for the Chinese Exclusion Laws. These laws were first enacted in 1882. They were not repealed until 1943 and then it was for…

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