Tracking Chinese restaurants, chop suey and fortune cookies over the last two centuries via Google books
By Jennifer 8. Lee | January 9, 2011
This ngram is a broad metric of the concepts in Google books, and the dates generally track with my research: "chop suey" jumping around 1896, "fortune cookies" surging after World War II, and "Chinese restaurants" making an appearance in 1860, around the beginnings of the first waves of Chinese immigration. Â " Notice how "Chinese restaurants" continue to Â go up even as "chop suey" falls.
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