Jennifer 8. Lee discusses and signs The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

03/27/2008 7:00 pm
Vroman's Bookstore
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On March 30, 2005, 110 winners were announced in the inter-state Powerball lottery, a statistically improbable number. Of those, 104 second-tier winners had chosen an identical sequence of numbers that was discovered to have come from a fortune cookie. What started out as a simple mission to find the manufacturer became a deeper investigation into the fortune cookie itself, which in turn sparked an investigation on the culture and history of Chinese food in America.
ISBN-13: 9780446580076
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Twelve, 3/2008
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. In her search, New York Times reporter 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.