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    Twas the Night Before Chrismas and Jews were Looking Forward to Chinese Food

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | December 21, 2009

    The Moment Magazine runs an interesting and insightful interview with Andrew Coe, author of “Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States,” about Jews and Chinese food.

    The introductory poem, by Nonna Gorilovskaya, is great.

    Twas the night before Christmas and there was hardly a sound,
    As Jews jumped in their cars and drove to Chinatown.
    Their orders were given to waiters with care,
    In hopes that wonton soup soon would be there.

    The children finished their noodles and nestled in their beds,
    While visions of fortune cookies danced in their heads.
    Now, Moment takes an inquiring look,
    At how this love affair with Chinese food took.—NG

    I gave a fun talk at the 92nd Street Y on Jews and Chinese food last night, which included kosher General Tso’s chicken.

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