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  • Archive for August 17th, 2008

    They have Chinatown in Chinacountry!

    Sunday, August 17th, 2008

    I was in Beijing and I saw a mall called Chinatown — 唐人街 (tangrenjie). 唐 refers to the Tang Dynasty, still considered the glory years in Chinese history. So Chinese people are sometimes referred to as 唐人, and è¡— is street. So it’s Tang Person’s Street. There is no consistent name for Chinatown in Chinese. […]

    ABC: The mystery of the fortune cookie’s history

    Sunday, August 17th, 2008

    Television loves fortune cookies as a result of the Beijing Olympics. I did a segment with ABC on the history of the fortune cookie with Juju Chang. I swear, fortune cookies and “man date” are going to be part of my obituary, or at the very least the college reunion report.