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An interview with Shereen Low for Squat Magazine, which is an online publication focusing on Chinese-themes largely read in the UK. We did the interview after the Asian American Writers Workshop reading in mid-March. It was us two Chinese-ish girls and three South Asian girls at a Vietnamese restaurant in Koreatown. Very pan-A.
Elisa Mala wrote a nice two-page profile in Audrey Magazine [pdf] in which she interviewed my parents and numerous friends (Nolan, Sugi, Alexis) at the book party. It has a lot of detail about my family actually, and my siblings. And it mentions my hobby of collecting usual toothpaste flavors from around the world. (Coca […]
I taped another television segment today, though this one is not intended for an American audience, and strictly speaking, may actually be banned from within our borders. Suffice it to stay, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles may be immortalized as part of U.S. propaganda. Anyway, we did (yet another) shot of me walking. Television people always […]
A few people had passed me this little item by Andrea Thompson that ran on the New Yorker’s web site on chop suey a few weeks ago, where my book is mentioned and quoted. Exciting. Born in the U.S.A. In this weekâ€™s Tables for Two, Ligaya Mishan reviews Chop Suey, whose tongue-in-cheek name has little […]
CNN ran a segment on Chinese food in America by my former colleague Lola Ogunnaike. Produced by the lovely Ethel Bass. We actually filmed at an Empire Szechuan, a descendent of the original restaurant that sparked the delivery revolution. I asked Lola what was different from print and television, and one of the things is […]
Today I am doing an insane tour by phone set up via Newman Communications, a PR firm that specializes in (among other things) literary radio and satellite television tours. They essentially hook you up with radio programsÂ (mostly live, some pre-taped) coast to coast on a very tight schedule. It has to be done over […]
This is what I have learned over the last few weeks re television/video appearances. You do not dress for television the way you would dress in real life (or at least I donâ€™t). For women, wear bright (but not too bright) solid colored tops: Royal blue, wine, maroon, emerald green. Pastels can be good (but […]
Richard Chang brought me physical copies of the paper where his Q&A with me ran. I have to say, I was kind of overwhelmed with the amount of me that was on that page. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of myself that large before.
Yay. Elle Magazine’s April book of the month as determined by readers. Good news. “Elle Lettres” (not Letters, as it is a play on Belles Lettres, notes my friend Michael Grynbaum). They have one pro review, and one negative review, always. I thought the criticism was interesting — on structure and juxtaposition.
A friend of mine mentioned that another author, Parag Khanna, had a book, The Second World, being published around the same time as mine from Random House. (read the New York Times Magazine cover excerpt.) And it turns out, really really around the same time. We ended up overlapping a lot in our tours. His […]
Another random Chinese article…from a few weeks back, forwarded to me by my classmate from Beijing University Charlene Wang. I chose Charlene as a name for her in college, because her original English name was Beryl, and I was like nononono. You sound like some British grandmother. åŽè£”å¥³è®°è€…æŽ€èµ·æ£ç»Ÿä¸é¤çƒ æŽç«žçš„æ–°ä¹¦ã€Šå¹¸è¿ç¾é¥¼çºªäº‹ã€‹å‡ºç‰ˆåŽå¸¦èµ·äº†ç¾Žå›½äººçš„æ£ç»Ÿä¸å›½èœæ–‡åŒ–çƒã€‚ ã€€ã€€å¹¸è¿ç¾é¥¼æ˜¯ç”±æ—¥æœ¬äººå‘æ˜Žã€”å·¦å®—æ£ é¸¡”ä¸å…³å·¦å®—æ£ äº‹ã€ä¸¤ä»£å¸ƒä»€æ€»ç»Ÿæœ‰ç‰¹åˆ«ç•™åº§çš„é˜²å¼¹ä¸é¤å°ï¼Œè¿˜æœ‰ä¸å›½ä»¥å¤–å…¨ä¸–ç•Œæœ€å¥½åƒçš„ä¸é¤é¦†åŽŸæ¥åœ¨æ¸©å“¥åŽâ€¦â€¦è¿™äº›æœ‰éƒ¨åˆ†ä½ æˆ–è®¸çŸ¥é“ï¼Œä¸è¿‡ï¼Œæ›´å¤šçš„æ˜¯ä½ é—»æ‰€æœªé—»ï¼Œè¿™éƒ½æ˜¯ç¾Žå›½ã€Šçº½çº¦æ—¶æŠ¥ã€‹åŽè£”å¥³è®°è€…æŽç«žï¼ˆJennifer 8 Lee)èµ°éå…¨ç¾Žã€æ¨ªè·¨å…å¤§æ´²çš„æ¸¸åŽ†æ”¶èŽ·ï¼Œå†™æˆæ–°ä¹¦ã€Šå¹¸è¿ç¾é¥¼çºªäº‹ã€‹ï¼Œç¾Žå¼ä¸å›½èœå¤§å‘çŽ°åŠ ä¸Šæ£ç»Ÿä¸å›½èœçš„å¯»æ ¹ï¼Œåœ¨ç¾Žå›½å¸¦èµ·äº†æ–°çš„ä¸å›½èœæ–‡åŒ–çƒã€‚
Time Magazine has a video with me talking about American Chinese food at Chinatown Brasserie. I’m interviewed by Gibert Cruz who himself is a print journalist by training. But we are all learning video. It’s all about convergence, I’m discovering.
Richard Chang of the Orange County Register write a Q&A with me and also plugs the appearances at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena; Friday at Skylight Books in Los Angeles; and Saturday at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda. What is nice: it will also be picked up in the Los Angeles Daily […]
Aol.com put this feature on Chinese food myths on its front page for six hours on Sunday and it cause a jump in traffic to this blog, and a sharp (but quick) bump on Amazon (~200 to 124). As a guy who worked for Gap’s Internet properties observed, when they have a shopping deal featured […]
On Thursday I did an online chat with the Washingtonian, which was really fun. (good questions) Sara Levine coordinated. Washington has been a surprisingly strong market for the book. (Great events at both the Library of Congress and Politics and Prose, who exercised their marketing muscle. Standing room only with ~150 people each.)
Totally randomly, I was scheduled to stop in Philadelphia for two NPR interviews at WHYY at the same time that Obama was giving his eagerly anticipated (historic?) speech on race right across the street at the National Constitution Center. (Here is the text). Here are all the satellite trucks lined out front from WHYY’s second-floor […]
Elaine Chen writes up our Q&A for Smith Magazine INTERVIEW: Jennifer 8. Lee, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles Monday, March 17th, 2008 By Elaine Chen New York Times reporter Jennifer 8. Lee started tracking down a suspiciously high number of lottery winners, and ended up following a trail that led through hundreds of Chinese restaurants on […]
Jeff Yang, the founder of A. Magazine and a columist for Sfgate.com, has a piece interweaving The Fortune Cookie Chronicles and raising his sons. We had an hour-long interview before I ran out for a TV shoot on Saturday where he told me he liked my book. I was like, if there is one person […]
Nina Lalli does a Q&A with me for Salon, which was picked up on the front page of Yahoo! How the fortune cookie crumbles Is Chinese food as American as apple pie? Jennifer 8. Lee discusses the strange evolution of everyone’s favorite ethnic food. By Nina Lalli Mar. 11, 2008 | As a teenager, New […]
Emily Schwab writes a lovely piece today in The Boston Globe about me and my quest for identity through Chinese food. I met with Emily last November during my pre-pub tour at Changsho in Cambridge and we had a lovely time. So this is one of the longest pieces in development on this book.
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The New York Times Book Review runs its review of my book this Sunday by Jan and Michael Stern. It’s already online now and it actually closed 10 days ago, on a Wednesday. (The Book Review, like the Magazine, has a incredible close-to-distribution lag, for reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me but may involve […]
Here is the mp3 of an interview I did on the origin of the fortune cookie on Wisconsin Public Radio a week ago, along with Eric Hagiwara, for their Friday food program. (I know. Delay. Book craziness. Why else am I catching up on blogging on a Saturday morning at 6 a.m.?!). They liked me […]
Boston.com, in advance of an online chat I will do today at 4 p.m., put up a nice slideshow called 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Chinese Food. (see my pictures of the chow mein sandwich and the Chinese hot dog!)
Newsweek has a pretty lengthy feature in their books section this week by Jennie Yabroff (who asked really engaged questions about immigrations and bigger thoughts, where I really had to think, like didn’t have stock answers for). For the interview, we went to Tang Pavilion, near the MoMA in Midtown East, which is known for […]« Previous Entries Next Entries »