Jennifer 8. Lee on American Chinese food

If you’re North American, you’ve probably been eating Chinese food as long as you can remember. Even in my little French-Canadian childhood town with no immigrants, there was Chinese food: chop suey, egg rolls with red sauce, chicken balls, and always the best: General Tao Chicken!

In this fascinating TED talk, Jennifer 8. Lee looks at the history of Chinese American food. It turns out that there are *more* Chinese restaurants in America than McDonalds and Wendy’s combined, and that most dishes North American’s think of as Chinese, like General Tao, and fortune cookies, are essentially unrecognizable to Chinese people.

Jennifer 8. Lee hunts for General Tao

Ironically, one of the foods I miss from back home is General Tao chicken, because you can’t get it here in Asia! Even my Chinese friend Simon is not adverse to sharing a plate of General Tao chicken at our local student eatery, but it drives him up the wall when I suggest we pick up the egg rolls of my childhood at the grocery store. 😛

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