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  • Archive for March 28th, 2008

    Signing books in book stores…a humbling (and encouraging) experience

    Friday, March 28th, 2008

    So during our downtime in San Francisco, I ran around to local bookstores with Naomi Epel “signing stock” as they say in industry parlance, which means that you sashay into stores and say you are an author and you want to sign your books. Very proactive authors do this (I should really do this in […]

    幸运签饼纪事 (“Fortune Cookie Chronicles” in Chinese)

    Friday, March 28th, 2008

    Another random Chinese article…from a few weeks back, forwarded to me by my classmate from Beijing University Charlene Wang. I chose Charlene as a name for her in college, because her original English name was Beryl, and I was like nononono. You sound like some British grandmother. 华裔女记者掀起正统中餐热 李竞的新书《幸运签饼纪事》出版后带起了美国人的正统中国菜文化热。   幸运签饼是由日本人发明、”左宗棠鸡”不关左宗棠事、两代布什总统有特别留座的防弹中餐台,还有中国以外全世界最好吃的中餐馆原来在温哥华……这些有部分你或许知道,不过,更多的是你闻所未闻,这都是美国《纽约时报》华裔女记者李竞(Jennifer 8 Lee)走遍全美、横跨六大洲的游历收获,写成新书《幸运签饼纪事》,美式中国菜大发现加上正统中国菜的寻根,在美国带起了新的中国菜文化热。

    I’m sooooo tired, but I can’t sleep

    Friday, March 28th, 2008

    This is the first day in many days that I did not have to get up at some time for an interview or an event or something. I got up at 5:30 a.m. for a 7:45 flight at SFO. But even though I went to bed at 2:30 a.m. because I was up thinking about […]

    Alcohol makes people buy books…the San Francisco launch party

    Friday, March 28th, 2008

    On Wednesday night we had an amazing book event in San Francisco, spearheaded by Dave Lu of Fanpop (and aided with Jimmy, Ben, Lydia and James). It was 150+ people at Swig Bar on Geary Street, and it was a new promising model for a book event. Explaining General Tso (convergence)

    Friday, March 28th, 2008

    Time Magazine has a video with me talking about American Chinese food at Chinatown Brasserie. I’m interviewed by Gibert Cruz who himself is a print journalist by training. But we are all learning video. It’s all about convergence, I’m discovering.

    Authors@Google and Chefs@Google

    Friday, March 28th, 2008

    I went to speak at Google as part of their awesome Authors@Google program. As we drove by, I noticed that Google has its own street sign. Not Google Blvd or Google Parkway or Google Avenue — Just “Google.”