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The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food | Jennifer B. Lee
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If you think McDonald's is the most ubiquitous restaurant experience in America, consider that there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds, Burger Kings, and Wendys combined. New York Times reporter and Chinese-American (or American-born Chinese). In her search, Jennifer 8 Lee traces the history of Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food. In a compelling blend of sociology and history, Jenny Lee exposes the indentured servitude Chinese restaurants expect from illegal immigrant chefs, investigates the relationship between Jews and Chinese food, and weaves a personal narrative about her own relationship with Chinese food. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles speaks to the immigrant experience as a whole, and the way it has shaped our country.
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Flaneurette
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At the library with the kids on this rainy last day before school starts. Naturally I found a few books to bring home 🤦‍♀️

readordierachel Looks like a good stack! 1y
ohyeahthatgirl Love Rebecca Solnit! Had the chance to see her speak and she's just so smart. 1y
Flaneurette @ohyeahthatgirl I read Wanderlust and A Field Guide to Getting Lost years ago and loved them but haven‘t read her newer stuff so am excited to start this one 1y
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This I difficult to review. It's very fragmented and the original premise (investigating winning lottery numbers found inside fortune cookies) is soon lost. Some chapters could easily have been shortened or removed altogether. Despite this there's a wealth of fascinating info about Chinese and Chinese-American people and their food in the USA to make it well worth reading & overall Lee's writing is clear and engaging. #LRC1 #nonfictionchallenge17

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Moray_Reads
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I'm finding the history of Chinese immigration to the USA a fascinating aspect of this book.

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Moray_Reads
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The capitalisation 😂 #LitsyReadingChallenge #LRC1

KCorter "Aggressive Blandness". LOL 3y
LeahBergen I really enjoyed this book! 3y
saresmoore Haha! 3y
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Enthralling! & so informative about the history of Chinese immigration & food in America. ❤️❤️❤️

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"There is a fairly good chance that the Chinese restaurant worker...paid tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege of doing so."

LeahBergen Such a good book 4y
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Today's reminder of the inanity and violence of racism.

Lindseyastin They should make a calendar of daily reminders of the inanity and violence of racism. 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Lindseyastin That's a really great idea. Today in history type calendar. 4y
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