By Jennifer 8. Lee | October 19, 2010
I got a lovely email today from a reader. These kinds of notes make my day.
Dear Ms. Lee,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for writing The Fortune Cookie Chronicles. It touched on many points in my life and even though it’s been years since you finished it I find its relevance continually stunning as I look at my own community transform around me. The paradigms you so meticulously describe are ones to which I feel an innate connection since my family is one of those from Guangzhou who, in the end, passed the restaurant on to someone else. I’m sure you’ve received plenty of these messages from others who grew up through the restaurant system in America. More than once your book deeply affected me as I imagined what my parents’ early days in America must have been like.
I don’t know if you ever plan on it but if you ever get around to writing something on huaqiao, I’d be interested in reading it.
Again, thank you for your attention to detail, wit and prose.
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