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    Speaking at the Smithsonian Tomorrow

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | May 7, 2010

    Tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. I’m giving a talk at the Smithsonian which is free and open to the public! Today I’m going down to talk to historians, as they are interested in doing a Chinese food exhibit. I’m amused in the description below that they say “As stated by Ms. Lee,” when citing the number of Chinese restaurants. It’s very scholarly.

    Jennifer 8. Lee (in China, the number ’8′ connotes good luck as it sounds like the word for ‘prosperity’) talks about her obsession with Chinese food, and explains how Chinese food became all-American. She is the author of the book The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food. The program will begin with an entertaining presentation by Ms. Lee, followed by an opportunity for visitors to ask questions. At the end of the afternoon, she will be on hand to sign books.

    Saturday, May 8, 2010, 2 p.m.
    Carmichael Auditorium
    National Museum of American History
    14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW

    As stated by Ms. Lee, there are more Chinese restaurants in America than McDonald’s, Burger King, and Kentucky Fried Chicken combined. During the program, she will discuss how her obsession with Chinese food led to a remarkable journey, penetrating this subculture by traveling the world in her quest to understand Chinese food and the people who make it. She explains the origins of General Tso, his popular chicken dish, and the story behind the fortune cookie. Ms. Lee’s presentation will educate, entertain, and inspire the desire to eat Chinese food!

    Jennifer 8. Lee was a reporter at The New York Times for nine years, where she wrote about poverty, crime, politics, and technology.

    Free and open to the public, this program is jointly sponsored by the National Museum of American History’s Asian Pacific American Initiative Committee, Food and Wine: The Food and Wine History Project, and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program.

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