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Great (short) article about the multifaceted cultural aspects of Chinese restaurants

Ruth Lafler Dec 26, 2010 10:43 AM

Have yourself an Elena Kagan Christmas:


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    karenfinan Dec 26, 2010 11:28 AM

    thanks, very interesting. I'd love to see those documentaries.

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    1. re: karenfinan
      Ruth Lafler Dec 26, 2010 01:12 PM

      Me, too! Maybe I should see if I can get hold of them and hold a Chinese chowdown film festival!

    2. hill food Dec 26, 2010 04:33 PM

      VERY interesting.

      1. bigjeff Dec 26, 2010 06:52 PM

        Thanks Ruth, cool stuff. I'll definitely look them up. Cross-trivia here; perhaps Jennifer 8. Lee has heard of or seen these documentaries; she of course shares an alma mater with Elena Kagan as well. And there's a pretty good chance that Ms. Lee is also eating chinese on christmas; we usually go with hotpot.

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        1. re: bigjeff
          cheesecake17 Dec 27, 2010 12:14 PM

          Very interesting article.

          I read Ms Lee's book when it first came out... really clarified a lot about Chinese food and the Americanized versions. I think I read the whole book in one sitting.. couldn't put it down!

        2. paulj Dec 26, 2010 07:56 PM

          Reminds of something I heard about while vacationing in Canada last year - a museum exhibit and book about the links between Chinese restaurants and small town Canada


          Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada

          1. hill food Dec 26, 2010 09:20 PM

            I think it's pertient as there are (as always) more than a few threads floating out there under "General" debating how Chinese and its regional variations has morphed through time, ingredients, location and expectations.

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            1. re: hill food
              madeliner Dec 27, 2010 11:58 AM

              this series used to run on the link network (maybe still does not sure)

            2. Rmis32 Dec 27, 2010 06:57 PM

              Justice Kagan just following precedent.
              too funny

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