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  • Archive for April, 2009

    Speaking at Boston College tonight at 7 p.m.

    Saturday, April 25th, 2009

    Speaking tonight at 7 p.m at the Eagle’s Nest at Boston College. I’ve been Photoshopped! (They left out te 8. oddly)

    Twitter, Wikipedia and Ted.Com are My Largest Referrers

    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

    I just checked my WordPress logs. Twitter, Wikipedia and TED.Com are by far my most reliable single page referrers to– no Facebook. Google in a way has more refers, but it turns up differently in the logs because the searches are all over the map. I’ve actually been surprised how much mileage the […]

    Chinese Food for Passover (Please Hold the Soy Sauce)

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

    So I co-hosted a seder this year and I was informed that I would be making the brisket. My reaction: “I’m Chinese. I cook small pieces of meat. I have no idea how to cook large pieces of meat.” Then I was like, well, I’ll just marinate it in soy sauce. And he told me […]

    Talk at Boston College on April 25 at 7 p.m.

    Friday, April 10th, 2009

    The Chinese Student Association will be hosting an event on Saturday, April 25 at 7ish for students and pre-frosh. Here is what they wrote in the email: “Our group as a whole has expressed interest in your literature and works. We strongly feel that your approach to Chinese heritage within the US in the context […]

    St. Paul Sandwiches (in St. Louis), Made with Egg Foo Young Patties

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

    A reader, Josh West, sent me photos of a St. Paul sandwich, which is a local sandwich specialty in St. Louis American Chinese restaurants. It is made up of a egg foo young sandwich, lettuce, tomatoes etc. on two pieces of white bread + mayo. According to local legend, the St. Paul Sandwich was named […]

    A Woman Calls 911 Over the Lack of Shrimp in Her Fried Rice

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

    The Associated Press ran a story about a 911 call from a woman who complained about her fried rice at a local Chinese restaurant. (This came to me via @weirdnews on Twitter) I’m sure there are fair use issues, but I can’t help but quote it in full. A woman called 911 to report she […]

    Speaking to Pennsylvania Librarians on Oct. 18 in Harrisburg

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

    Speaking at Pennsylvania Library Association’s 2009 Conference at the President’s Program. The program is tied into the One Conference One Book and would be the featured title for the one book one dinner. It’s in Harrisburg.

    How is The Fortune Cookie Chronicles Related to Richard Price’s Lush Life?

    Monday, April 6th, 2009

    So someone emailed me today to let me know that Richard Price’s Lush Life had been recommended to them because they had purchased The Fortune Cookie Chronicles. Here is the screen shot I read Lush Life in part because it is loosely related to the murder of Nicole DuFresne, which is a story I was […], now in English!

    Monday, April 6th, 2009, which provides Yelp style reviewed for Chinese in Chinese, now has an English interface thanks to Google translate. The translations are remarkably good. They are not perfect, but given that Yelp-type reviews tend not to be too literary (pretty simple declarative sentences), you can get the gist.

    A Different Shade of Fortune

    Friday, April 3rd, 2009

    It’s interesting to see how the paperback and the hardcover are different shades of orange.

    Random Cute Baby Picture of My Brother

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

    Another random baby picture as my family digitizes our photos. This is Kenny, the ‘K’ in JFK.

    Today is a Day of Chinese Food and Sex (and Journalism)

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

    I’m at University of Indiana in Bloomington tonight giving a Yay! Asian Americans talk as part of the Yay! Asian Americans month (it gets moved around in schools because May — the normal month — is exam time). They’ve done a great job pushing and publicizing it, I must say). So after lunch today with […]