The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

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    From a UCLA Asian American studies professor

    By Jennifer 8. Lee | April 1, 2011

    I got a lovely note from an Asian American studies professor at UCLA. It’s exciting to think of the book as a “staple.”

    I am writing to say how much my students and I enjoy your wonderful book.  It has become a staple reading in a seminar I teach on Asian American history through foodways.  From your fortune-cookie detective work to the mysteries of General Tso’s chicken, to the plight of Chinese restaurant families and deliverymen, your book helps readers to think more deeply about things we take for granted. Your interwoven exploration of second-generation issues particularly resonates for many students who are the children of immigrants and refugees.

    Hope your writing and food adventures are going well!  Looking forward to your next project.

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