The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

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  • Archive for March 17th, 2008

    Smith Magazine Q&A

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    Elaine Chen writes up our Q&A for Smith Magazine INTERVIEW: Jennifer 8. Lee, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles Monday, March 17th, 2008 By Elaine Chen New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee started tracking down a suspiciously high number of lottery winners, and ended up following a trail that led through hundreds of Chinese restaurants on […]

    The Library of Congress Flyer

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    I know, if I had my act together, I would have posted this before the event at the Library of Congress. But notice the iconic use of fortune cookies (which are more recognized in America than anywhere else)

    Christian Science Monitor: “Where Lee shines most is in the narration of the stories of the real-life people she meets on her worldwide discovery tour.”

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    Terry Hong reviews my book favorably in the Christian Science Monitor: ‘Fortune Cookie Chronicles’: 40,000 egg rolls… to go A New York Times reporter goes global, tracing the origins of America’s Chinese food. By Terry Hong Luddite me made a surprisingly funny joke to two techies after reading Jennifer 8. Lee’s delightful The Fortune Cookie […]

    Someone added my Chinese name to my Wikipedia entry in simplified :( form

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    So someone added my Chinese name to my Wikipedia entry (gleaned, I suppose, from the coverage of the book in Chinese language media). I actually find it a bit grating because they used the simplified character of my name instead of traditional character which is 2x the simplified character (which is what I grew up […]

    Politics and Prose, Kosher Chinese Food and Standing Room Only

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    This is one half of the audience at my Politics & Prose event at Sixth and I Synagogue which is in Chinatown. (It was like the perfect convergence of my book: literary, Jews, Chinatown). The other half of the audience is at the right, past the laptop. It was about 150+ people, standing room only. […]

    New York City Asia Society, April 16, with Fucshia Dunlop!

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    I’m very excited that I’m doing an event with Fucshia Dunlop, who is the other woman on this planet who is as obsessed with General Tso’s chicken as I am. She tracked down Chef Peng to Taipei as well! Fucshia’s book Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China, is often […]

    Harvard Advocate poster with Chinese Take-out Carton

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    I think the posters for my events are quite adorable and amusing. This one from The Harvard Advocate (and another one I will show from the Library of Congress) uses symbols of Chinese-ness (fortune cookies and takeout boxes) that are actually things largely indigenous to America. The takeout boxes are so American they are not […]

    Meat vs. Rice, American Manhood against Asiatic Coolieism, Which Shall survive?

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    So I spoke at the Library of Congress today. (Packed room! maybe 150 or so people, with people standing in the back. Sometimes I think, who are all these people and how did you hear about the book?) Anyway, Abby Yochelson, a librarian there, pulled some documents from my bibliography, including this one.  It is […]

    Fortune Cookie Chronicles E-card

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    My publisher designed an e-card!