By Jennifer 8. Lee | September 18, 2008
A style article on shopping in boutiques in Chinatown uses General Tso in the headline, even though he has nothing to do with the story. It’s interesting how General Tso has become a shorthand for “an abstract Chinese figure that Americans can relate to, ” as opposed to let’s say Mao Zedong or Confucius. Can you imagine “Confucius goes on a shopping spree?” Or “Mao goes on a shopping spree?”
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